As many readers know, I spent a couple of days recently at Fox Harb’r in Wallace, N.S., definitely an upscale resort, but one where wacky ideas seem to generate over wine at dinner or beers at the bar. We’ll have a travel story later this week.
One of the cool discussions we had centred around a long drive contest on the tarmac where corporate jets land right in front of the resort. I realize that a similar idea was used in the movie Tin Cup to put Kevin Costner in his place, but the landing strip at Fox Harb’r seems like the perfect venue for such shenanigans.
My one warning to the folks at Fox Harb’r is it might not be a good idea for the golfers or the plane to carry out this idea during a landing, but other than that, you’re good to go. This lighthearted discussion got a few laughs, which is really the point.
Fun shouldn’t be the F-bomb in golf and every now and again, it’s a good idea to break from the traditional and do something off-the-wall just for the sake of yuk-yuks from your members, guests or public golfers.
Not every operation has a landing strip nearby, so I guess that idea would be unique to Fox Harb’r, but a unique event could be held at your facility using what’s available at each individual golf course. Best of all, it would cost little or nothing to pull off the F-Bomb Golf Tournament.
Don’t go chastising me for potty mouth. F, in this case, stands for Fun, but it might be wise not to call it that if juniors are playing. The cool thing is that it’s a game that beginners, juniors, women, seniors and hardcore golfers could enjoy.
Using the Fox Harb’r idea as the foundation of F-Bomb golf, I consulted Steve Woods, GNN’s behind-the-scenes creative guy who is every bit as warped as the guy at the top of this blog. Steve has mentioned such a topic in the past, so we discussed a few ideas that would enhance the F-Bomb game.
The game would involved situations in which the F-Bomb – not the Fun one, but the more popular one in which shanks and slices are involved – is used on the golf course. First of all, players would only be allowed four irons of their choice and a putter.
As players arrived at each tee along the way, there would be a set of instructions describing the format on each hole. F-Bomb golf works best in a team format overall. At the end of the day, a special award should be given to the team with the highest score, not as a consolation prize, but as a badge of honour for grasping the fun aspect of the game.
Here are a few of the warped formats that we dreamed up for various holes:
The Steve Woods shot from the Woods: Hey, he had some good ideas for this, so let’s name a hole after him. You set up a teeing area inside a stand of trees, perhaps up from your normal tee decks, with a reasonable escape to the fairway through some kind of opening. Each team uses its best tee shot, even if all of their shots stay in jail and they have to exit with a sideways shot into the fairway.
The Jean Van de Velde/Phil Mickelson hole: Based on legendary situations in both players’ careers in which they should have done this, players use only a wedge on the longest par five on the golf course.
The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Tee: Pick a hole on which there is plenty of trouble such as fescue, woods etc. Each team has one tee shot, but it’s taken by the opposing team, which is encouraged to put its rival’s ball into trouble. If, after five minutes of looking, the ball can’t be found, the team that can’t find it takes a 10 on that hole. If the ball is found, they’re still faced with the dilemma of getting it out. If successful, it’s alternate shot the rest of the way.
The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Green: This alternate shot hole would work best with a two-tiered green. The idea is built around getting your approach shot close to the pin. If the first putt doesn’t go in, the other team can then hit it to whatever part of the green it desires, one would assume to force a downhill slider on its rivals. If that team gets a little out of control and putts its rival off the green, it takes a 10 on the hole and moves on.
If you’re worried about pace of play, F-Bomb golf could be played over nine or 18 holes or the course could be shortened to make it not as arduous, but it would concentrate on shotmaking over grip it and rip it from the tee.
The idea is not to frustrate golfers, but to have them laugh about common situations that occur during a regular round in a fun atmosphere that isn’t necessarily generated from the scorecard. It’s more about camaraderie, which is an important aspect of the game that doesn’t always come across in our efforts to grow the game.
It definitely is a work in progress, so we encourage GNN readers to offer suggestions on the various formats that could be used on various holes. Just drop your ideas into the Comments section below to add to the suggestions we’ve already offered.