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After a round of golf, sipping on a few pops today, Mike Raley came up with a fascinating idea: Speed Golf involving one disc, and an entire tournament field (the whole course and all the players).

How long would it take to complete a round of golf using a single disc with no limitation on the number of players involved?

The perfect situation to answer this question would be the start of a tournament with a full field (4-somes on every hole) where the players have all walked out to their holes but before the round has started. For pure entertainment purposes (none of the shots count for anyone's score, just a cooperative effort to make it happen), have a player on Tee #1 throw a drive as the stopwatch starts. Waiting in the fairway is another member of the 4-some who immediately picks up the drive and throws toward the basket. Waiting at the basket is another player who putts it in. The final member of the 4-some either throws it or runs it to Tee #2 where the 4-some assigned to that starting hole goes through the same rapid process and passes it on to Tee #3, etc, until eventually the disc is putted into the final basket and the stopwatch records the total time.

So the concept is one disc being used for every shot and completing every hole, assisted by all (or at least many of) the players in the tournament.

So strokes do not matter, only total time. A loud starting signal ( a cherry bomb or whatever) would tell all the players when the clock started. A second cherry bomb would signal when the putt went in on the 18th hole ( and coincidentally act as the 2 minute warning for the start of the tournament round).

A video crew recording the various shots would be great but not critical. On a relatively short course, and one where there are no long walks from baskets to tees, the disc might complete the whole round in ?? ten minutes??? maybe less??

Would this work? It shouldn't take much time if explained and set up properly. It shouldn't harm anyone's game for the actual tournament (most players are just taking one shot). Would tournament players go along with this? I'm pretty lazy and I would help out. How about you?

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For added fun. You can only use a putter And the youngest guy has to run backwards.
I have to admit that after living in WI for 5 years, I've finally been assimilated...because I asked myself, "What are 'pops'?" In MN I used to call it pop, but here in WI it's more often 'soda.' They may have won this one, but I'll never call a 'drinking fountain' a 'bubbler'! NEVER!!!!!
Let's extend the notion. When the disc is finished playing at one course, take it to another course, and another, etc. A second team would be waiting at the next course. Two teams could leapfrog courses for uninterrupted play.

How many holes do you think could one disc play in a day? (See "400 holes in a day?" thread.)

Steve West

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