Finally, there is movement to build the game of golf and bring more people to our wonderful game. First Mickelson and then Nicklaus brought it into the open that the courses have gotten too hard and discouraging to beginners.
On a recent sales trip to Europe, I found a “course” for those who want to try out golf and/or just have a great time. It is called Swin-Golf and it was adjacent to a full 18 hole golf course in Germany.
The idea of it is to have fun. That’s it. Just have fun. Don’t need a handicap. Don’t need the right clothes. Don’t even need golf clubs. Your equipment includes two balls and one club. It is a blast!
This particular course was about the length to what in the US we would call a Par Three, or Social Nine, or Short Course. The par is established and there were par 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s. The club is designed for right or left-handed hitters and is used on the green as a mallet putter. The putting cup was about 8” in diameter in a green that is cut in concentric circles. I don’t think that conditions are of utmost concern.
At this particular course, you were welcome to take a wagon with you for purposes of transporting your beer or whatever else you felt you could not live without over the course of an hour or two.
Quite frankly, Swin-golf was not unlike our miniature golf experience. It’s not something that I would think one would play on a regular basis though I am sure there are leagues. It is however, a great first exposure to the challenge and fun the game of golf offers.