The 2014 Ryder Cup might be about to take place, but at the weekend a whole different kind of golf tournament was hosted for the first time in the UK.
The Boars Head Golf Centre in south east England hosted the first ever speed gold championship. Speed Golf, a more athletic version of the popular sport, involves playing a round of golf in the lowest possible sum of golf strokes, combined with the time taken to run the course.
"Yeah, I think it is brilliant, because it changes golf completely. It's so traditionally 4-5 hours on a Sunday afternoon and it takes all your afternoon, whereas this completely changes the way you think about your shots and your club selection and just change the dynamic of golf massively," said novice golfer Arran Faramus.
The overall winner was club member George Scott, who combined both speed and precision to finish with 76 shots in a time of 57 minutes and 28 seconds.
"Over the moon to be honest, I didn't expect it, turned up today thinking I'll give it a go, play good golf and the run was just adrenalin fuelled with support from the club, from members, from people shouting at me saying 'run fatboy run' a lot of the time, which is great because the fun we have at the club is great. As you can see I am not the slightest guy and had to push myself, I thought it was great fun," he said.
Whilst we might not see more golfers dashing about the course like this any time soon, Speed Golf provides a refreshing change of pace for those wanting to play a more active version of the sport.