The game of golf has tried many different formats down the years to attract new players to the sport, but few have sounded more inclusive, relaxed and innovative than Doubles Golf.
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The format enhances 9-hole rounds, which create speedy play and the opportunity for evening events (tournaments and leagues) at PGA and LPGA Member facilities.
How it works is that both teammates hit shots from the same location, and then the pair chooses from which end position they would like to play their ensuing shots.
It can be played by any two players, who team up and play a two-player scramble over nine holes. Teams consist of men, women, juniors, seniors or any combination of these can register and begin posting scores on the 2PG scoring app.
The definition of categories are as follows: Men - any two men 25 years of age or older; Women - any two women 25 years or older; Mixed - one man and one woman 25 years or older; Senior - any two players 60 years or older.
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PGA professionals can host Doubles Golf Club Championships in Men’s, Women’s, Senior and Mixed Divisions, which is the first step in qualifying for the 2020 US Doubles Golf Am Championships in November.
"Our juniors fell in love with the Doubles Golf format through Junior League," said PGA Executive Director Eddie Ainsworth. "Now our adults will have the same opportunity through Doubles Golf tournaments and leagues."
It might have only just been rolled out in the United States, but given the hype about Doubles Golf already, we can see it being adopted across Europe and worldwide in the not too distant future.