By Jaacob Bowden

For those that don’t know, speedgolf is where you play a round of golf as fast as you can. Your speedgolf score is your golf score plus your time. So when I shot the championship record for golf score at the 2013 Speedgolf World Championships, I ran Bandon Dunes in 55:42 and shot 72. Therefore, my speedgolf score was 55:42 + 72 = 127.42.

The rules are basically the same as regular golf except you are allowed to leave the flagstick in the hole to save time and lost balls and out-of-bounds are played like lateral hazards, also to save time.

Here’s a video of me making birdie on the 9th hole at last year’s World Championships:

Interestingly, people are often surprised to find out that they can actually play pretty good during speed golf. I think this is for several reasons.

First, when you are jogging or running between shots, you get really out of breath. If you hit a poor shot, sitting around sulking about it wastes time, which hurts your overall end score. So you definitely don’t want to do that. Plus, the negative thinking makes the running between shots even more exhausting. So it’s better to just let a bad shot go quickly and move on.

Second, because time…

Read the rest of what Jaacob has to say about Speedgolf in the October 2014 Monthly Handicap Improver here: