Executives applaud use of par-3 course
Champions Tour event to become first to incorportate shorter layout
February 25, 2014
- Ted Bishop, President of the PGA of America, has a long and positive history with par-3 courses. (Halleran/Getty Images)
TED BISHOP, President of the PGA of America:
As someone who grew up working on a par-3 golf course and who currently manages a 45-hole facility which includes an 18-hole par-3 course, I am very familiar with the many virtues of alternative golf facilities and their capacity to welcome novices to the game in a friendly, non-intimidating manner. I think it is a wonderful precedent that the Champions Tour will be showcasing par-3 golf as a viable and acceptable option to playing full-length courses, and I congratulate the PGA TOUR for doing so.
MIKE DAVIS, Executive Director of the USGA:
The USGA is genuinely excited that the PGA TOUR is taking this wonderful step by incorporating a par-3 golf course into official competition on the Champions Tour. The exposure that the Legends of Golf generates not only will help message to a broader audience that a round of golf can be less than 18 holes, but also encourage more people to try alternative courses – whether par-3, 9-hole or executive. We applaud the TOUR for this forward-thinking and significant step, which should indeed have a positive impact on future participation.
JOE BEDITZ, President and CEO of the National Golf Foundation:
Research conducted by NGF has repeatedly found that time, money and difficulty are significant barriers to golf participation. Par 3 golf courses are accessible, affordable and fun … all great reasons why these tracks are terrific places for new players to experience the game. I’m delighted to see some of golf’s legends showcase a short course. They are an important part of the fabric of American golf.
STEVE MONA, CEO of the World Golf Foundation:
As the golf industry continues its efforts to attract more participants to the game, par 3 golf courses represent key avenues to introduce new players to golf. The World Golf Foundation commends the PGA TOUR for creating such a high profile platform to tell the story about the importance of par 3 golf to those new to the game, as well as to those already participating in the sport. Perhaps we will look back on this event as a turning point in enhancing participation in the game though par 3 golf courses.