Growing the game of golf has been one of the PGA Tour’s main goals recently. It has been focused on making golf more accessible and appealing to those not already enamored with the game, which unfortunately, can be a difficult task.
In its latest effort, the tour has decided to shorten the game, or at least the course its plays on. For the first time ever, it will sanction an event in which a par-3 course will be used in competition.
Already one of the more popular tournaments on the Champions Tour, the recently-renamed Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf tournament will be held at the nine-hole par-3 Top of the Rocks course in Ridgedale, Mo. The course was designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, who will also be participating in this new, exciting event from June 6-8.
Nicklaus won’t be the only legend taking his talents to Top of the Rock. He will be joined by fellow Hall of Fame members Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, Gary Player and Tom Watson as they attempt to conquer this new style of play.
The event will continue to carry its two-man team format, spanning a total of 54 holes. Along with golf, there will also be two days of pro-am multi-sport events such as fishing, archery and shooting. Legends from these sports will be competing in the pro-am events as well.
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem hopes this event will introduce a new way to play golf for a “time-crunched world,” saying that par-3 golf is “fun, entertaining and a worthy alternative for golfers.”
It remains to be seen how this will impact the game of golf, but watching these legends take on a par-3 course will be plenty of fun.
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