If you want to speed up the pace of play in golf, one way of doing this is to change the objective of the game.
In this entertaining new video from the European Tour, the pros demonstrate just how fast they can play when motivated to do so. In the video on the following page, three foursomes try to break the Guinness World Record for the fast hole in golf.
The challenge took place at the Valderrama Golf Club on the par-5 fourth ahead of the Spanish Open last week. In order to qualify for the world record, the hole must be 500-yards or longer.
Team France, made up of Raphael Jacquelin, Alex Levy, Romain Wattel and Gregory Havret, were first to play. Taking just one shot each, the French team halved the previous record of 68 seconds by getting the ball in the hole in just 34.8 seconds. Levy’s excellent long-iron approach shot led to two easy putts for birdie.
It would have been a lot more difficult if the players all had to start from the tee instead of waiting on the fairway or green to hit the next shot.
Watch the video on the next page.