• A new scheme also includes a prize draw to win golf day package
• "We've noticed a real difference," said manager Graham Rolland
PACE OF PLAY | WYCOMBE HEIGHTS
An English golf club is taking a stance against slow play by rewarding members and visitors who play their rounds in less than four hours.
The 18-hole Wycombe Heights Golf Centre in Buckinghamshire started its Pace of Play Club earlier this summer and throughout May and June, those that finished their rounds in less than three-and-a-half hours were offered a free pint of beer (or non-alcoholic equivalent) on completion.
And thanks to the overwhelming success of this initial campaign, the centre has developed a new scheme, entering every golfer that finishes under four hours on weekends into a monthly prize draw to win their very own exclusive golf day package, worth more than £400, to be enjoyed with three friends.
"We’ve noticed a real difference in average speed of play" - Graham Rolland
“Slow play is golf’s primary issue,” said Wycombe Heights’ general manager Graham Rolland. “People simply don’t want to take five or six hours out of their weekends, so we’ve taken the lead and tackled the problem head on.
“The feedback from members and visitors alike has been hugely positive. We’ve noticed a real difference in average speed of play since we began the rewards scheme, which is very pleasing indeed.”
The ‘Exclusive Day Package’ prize includes breakfast & coffee on arrival, driving range warm-up with a 30-minute professional lesson, 18 holes of golf, buggies and lunch post-round.
How the scheme works:
• All groups playing between 7am-12pm (peak hours) are tracked and logged on the starters tee sheet;
• Every individual in a weekend three or a fourball that completes a round in less than four hours (most groups will) goes into a prize draw, with the winner chosen at random at the end of each month;
• The winner is invited to bring whoever they choose to play in the golf day, at any time on any day.
The centre has even added a new page on its website dedicated to pace of play, which can be viewed here.
Quick play = Free beer :: Your thoughts
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