Power Play Golf

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Introduction

Nine Holes
Two holes are cut on each putting green, one with a White Flag and one with a Black Flag. The White Flag location is considered easy to play, and the Black Flag placement  is considered more difficult.  Going for a ‘PowerPlay' means playing to the Black Flag with the opportunity to score more points.  You decide the risk and reward. 

This version of golf has been invented to address the problem of slow play in the game. An additional benefit is that the format will help accelerate the growth of the game and increase its accessibility.  Golf benefits individuals and society which will improve the quality of life for those who are introduced to its positive values.

Seeking an alternative to attract business people who wanted a shorter golf ‘fix', the creators initially tried a six-hole course and advertised ‘golf in an hour' but golfers were lukewarm to that idea.

Background

PowerPlay Golf was created by British amateur golfer Peter McEvoy, OBE, a former victorious Captain of the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team, and David Piggins, a sports venue owner and operator.

Data

Golfing legend Gary Player together with Graeme McDowell and Paula Creamer  (both then current US Open Champions) and other Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup superstars  played the first PowerPlay televised event on May 30th, 2011 at The Celtic Manor Resort.

There are already over 500 Official Venues in Great Britain and Ireland with a further 100 courses around the globe from New Zealand to Canada and from the Ukraine to South Africa.

Level of Success

Advantages

Introducing and sustaining players who have time constraints.
Adds value to membership.
Easy to implement for golf courses - no additional infrastructure requirements.
Positive impact to business at the facility level by introducing a cheaper 9-hole product.
Perfect for ‘Twilight' or Winter golf - extends the tee sheet.

Disadvantages

Some more traditional golfers feel it may damage the image of the game.

Manual

  • Each green has two flags rather than one
  • The golfer must choose whether to play to the "easy" hole location or the "difficult" hole location on each green
  • Playing to the Black Flag is called a "PowerPlay" and can result in extra Stableford points
  • Golfers must take three "PowerPlays" in the first eight holes, and have the option to take another on the ninth hole

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