Speedgolf is golf played at a very fast pace. Competitors play 9 or 18 holes and run between shots. Scores are calculated by adding the time taken to complete the round and the total strokes taken. For instance, if a competitor shoots a golf score of 80 and it takes 60 minutes to complete their round, their Speedgolf score would be 140 (80 + 60).
Competitors generally carry 5-6 clubs in a small bag, wear athletic golf attire, put on their running shoes and they are ready to go.
The differences from traditional golf are the flagstick is left in when putting and lost balls are dropped anywhere on the line of flight of the previous shot with a one-shot penalty.
The event at world-famous Bandon Dunes should be electrifying, as the five courses there are laid in rugged splendor along the Southern Oregon Coast. Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes courses feature a dozen holes that run along the bluff overlooking 23 miles of undeveloped shoreline, while Bandon Trails begins on a massive dune, works its way through open meadows and upland forest, and then finishes in the dunes. Old Macdonald moves through dune to ocean with breathtaking views.
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