Golf takes too long to play.

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK -

The time it takes to play a round of golf is of­ten cited as a pri­mary rea­son the game isn’t more pop­u­lar. “Play­ing golf has gone the way of the three-mar­tini lunch,” de­clared a March Mar­ketWatch story. An in­ter­na­tional sur­vey com­mis­sioned in 2015 by Scot­land’s R&A found that 60 per­cent of peo­ple who do play would like the game bet­ter if it took less time.

Yes, an 18-hole round usu­ally av­er­ages four hours, but there are plenty of ways to en­joy the game in about the same amount of time as other leisurely pur­suits — the gym, a movie, a cou­ple of sets of ten­nis. In­stead of 18 holes, just play nine. Go to a shorter ex­ec­u­tive or par3 course and be done in a cou­ple of hours. Hit­ting a bucket of balls at a driv­ing range, then spend­ing a half-hour on the prac­tice putting green, will do won­ders for your game. Minia­ture golf might help your putting stroke. And for a fun night, some high-tech prac­tice fa­cil­i­ties in­clude tar­get games for all ages and skill lev­els us­ing mi­crochipped balls.

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