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Wycombe Heights Golf Centre Takes Firm Stance on Pace of Play

2.42pm 21st August 2015 - Management Topics

Free pints being served for quick golfers
Free pints being served for quick golfers

Wycombe Heights Golf Centre, in Loudwater, High Wycombe, part of BGL Golf, is combating slow play by rewarding those members and visitors that play the main 18-hole course in less than four hours.

Throughout May and June, those that finished their round in less than three hours, thirty minutes were offered a free pint of beer (or non-alcoholic equivalent) on completion.

Thanks to the 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 to be enjoyed with three friends, worth over £400.

“Slow play is golf’s primary issue. 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,” said Graham Rolland, General Manager at Wycombe Heights. “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 recently announced July’s winner, Wycombe-local James Hitchman, whose fourball completed their weekend round in three hours, 28 minutes.

The Centre has even added a new page on its website dedicated to pace of play, which can be viewed here:

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