Speedgolf is a fun, fast, and fitness-oriented alternative to traditional golf.
It’s about one sport that unites two of the largest athletic communities in the world, Golf and Running! Speedgolf also satisfies a myriad of today’s modern challenges to a healthy and active lifestyle.
Speedgolf is proven to enhance a player’s mental, physical, and creative capabilities on the golf course. Playing Speedgolf inherently leads to more fun, increased fitness, greater imagination, and ultimately, improved performance. In short, Speedgolf is nothing short of an exhilarating athletic experience, it’s no wonder golfers of all ages, skill levels, and fitness profiles are learning to play and enjoy Speedgolf at their own pace!
A more athletic version of golf, where you can play a full 18 holes in under 60 minutes, or 9 holes in under 30 minutes by jogging between shots. The challenge is balancing your running pace with your ability to quickly and accurately play your shots to get the lowest score possible. You don’t have to RUN! The aim is to achieve the lowest possible sum of shots combined with the time taken to play your round. This combined total gives you a Speedgolf Score. Shooting a round of 85 in a time of 55 minutes and 21 seconds would give you a Speedgolf score of 140:21. Speedgolf is still evolving in the UK, as are territories across the globe as interest in the sport gains momentum. British Speedgolf, along with other International Speedgolf communities, operates the same principal rules, making it a fast but fun sport.
SPEEDGOLF A Brief History of Time + Score
Keen on reading more about Speedgolf? One of the pioneers of the sport, Rob Hogan a PGA Pro from Ireland has written a book about the sport.
Rob has many Speedgolf Championships titles to his name including the World Speedgolf Championship and British Open Speedgolf Championship.
He hosts the annual Irish National Speedgolf Championship and continues to inspire new players to try Speedgolf
British Speedgolf History
The Inaugural British Speedgolf Championships were held at Boars Head Golf Centre in 2014. The 2015 & 2016 Championships were hosted at Dale Hill Hotel & Golf Club where , Rob Hogan, former World Speedgolf Champion, took the British Title. In 2016 he shot 82 in a blistering time of 36 minutes and 59 seconds giving him a speedgolf score of 118:59 . The competition was intense with Chris Benians just 1 point adrift with a score of 119:17 and George Boxall at 120:03.
In 2017, the British Open Speedgolf Championship moved to Piltdown Golf Club where Chris Benians took the Elite Division title in 2017 & 2018.
New for 2018 was the first global dedicated Speedgolf Pairs Championship held at West Kent Golf Club, where George Boxall and Tom Roberts became our first Speedgolf Pairs champions.
In 2019, the British Speedgolf Championships were hosted at the prestigious Foxhills Golf and Country Club in Surrey on the Longcross Championship course with an impressive international field. This proved an exhilarating challenge at the top of the leaderboard but in the end it was Jamie Reid from New Zealand who shot 81 in a blistering 40 minutes and 57 seconds giving him a Speedgolf Score of 121:57. Chris Benians (GB) and Mikko Rantanen (Finland) both shot 74, just two over PAR, but Chris was a little faster giving them second and third place respectively. 2019 also saw the return of the dedicated Speedgolf Pairs Championship, hosted at Sweetwoods Park Golf Club, where George Boxall and Tom Roberts successfully defended their title.
Sadly, in 2020 event plans were shelved given the restrictions and unpredictability of the pandemic. In 2021, The British Open Speedgolf Championships returned, hosted at The Springs in Oxfordshire as a 36 hole tournament which proved a level of consistency to rival any golf tournament and endorsed it as a truly must play Speedgolf Championship! Luke Willett, a PGA Pro took top honours with George Boxall second and Rob Hogan third.
Boundaries in golf were once again pushed at the 2022 British Open Speedgolf Championships. Having already secured victory at the Irish Open, PGA Pro Rob Hogan secured the win with two superb performances (79 in 35:37 and 75 in 34:47, the latter giving him a Speedgolf Score of 109:47, breaking the elusive Speedgolf score of 110 rarely seen in National tournaments! Rob went on to win the French and US Speedgolf championships, giving him 4 national titles which makes him a strong favourite for the World Speedgolf title bid in November.
The 2022 British Open was extraordinary for another reason, 5 players posted sub 40-minute 18-hole rounds on the PAR 72 course of 6100 yards! The fastest was set by a runner, Jamie Taylor-Caldwell whose second round was completed in a staggering 29 minutes and 32 seconds! As well as Rob and Jamie, Luke Willett, Luke Bone and George Boxall all completed rounds in 38 minutes 16 seconds or less.
The 2023 Championships was the fastest yet over the shorter course at Sunningdale Heath Golf Club, near Ascot. The 18 holes proved a hit with those new to the sport and for the first time the event included a 4 hole Speedgolf Challenge, just based on time for young juniors who loved running with their parents! Luke Willett regained his Open Championship Title which was just the start of his amazing year in Speedgolf. He has recently added a Guinness World Record to his achievements in 2023.
Speedgolf is not all about Championships and records, it is about having FUN and this is core to our ethos. Whether you just want a faster, more athletic round, want to get fit or compete at the highest level #GetInspired #Fitingolf
Courtesy of BBC Breakfast
Mike Bushell’s report on the 2021 British Open Speedgolf Championships hosted at
The Springs, Wallingford, Oxfordshire.
This was the first time the event was 36 holes over 2 days.
5 Reasons to play Speedgolf:
- Love golf but can’t find the time to play
- Enjoy running but want an added dimension or challenge
- Have fun, whilst also improving my health and fitness
- Enjoy a new sport in beautiful landscaped surroundings
- Be part of something different and exciting in UK Sport
British Speedgolf - It’s About Time
Time for the sport you love, yet time for your family and work commitments