HGGC Introduces 9 Hole Qualifying Competitions
IF YOU’RE SHORT ON TIME – THEN JUST PLAY NINE!!
Hazel Grove Golf Club (HGGC) has launched a new initiative which offers 9 hole stableford qualifying competitions to their members. Following feedback from members, and taking into account the recent England Golf (EG) questionnaire results, it appears that some members are time restricted and are unable to commit to playing 18 holes but would still like to play competitive golf.
With this in mind, HGGC is now offering 9 hole qualifying competitions at the weekend, initially once a month – playing off the yellow tees and open to all male members. The Ladies Section have already introduced a weekly 9 hole competition and the Seniors Section (who play on a Wednesday), have also incorporated 9 hole competitions into their programme.
Georgina Thompson, one of HGGC’s business ladies, states: “It is great that I am able to come to the Golf Club after work and play in a 9 hole competition which counts towards my handicap. It is just not possible for me to play 18 holes after work and this offers me a great opportunity to play competitively on a week day”.
Jim Fox, Secretary of the Seniors Section, also commented: “We have noticed an increase in the number of members playing since the introduction of the 9 hole competitions – not everyone feels up to playing 18 holes every week and with an alternative option, good company and the opportunity to enter a 9 hole qualifying competition, this has proved very successful”.
In the summer months our Pro, James Rowlands, already organises a very successful weekly 9 hole competition on a Thursday – late afternoon/early evening – where members can roll up and enter the competition via the Pro Shop or the BRS system; after the game you have the option of a meal afterwards or you can just enjoy a drink with friends in the bar.
The 9 hole competitions require a different 9 hole card to the usual 18 hole card because the stroke index is different, therefore HGGC has had two separate 9 hole courses assessed, playing from the yellow tees (Men only), and one 9 hole course assessed playing from the red tees (Ladies only). Handicaps are adjusted after each 9 hole competition.
SO – if you are short on time, then just play NINE.