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A new, quick golf competition format, ideally suited for those wanting to play after work, has been introduced by the Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort, near Glasgow.
Westerwood’s ‘Evening Eights’ competition is open to both members and visitors and comprises an eight-hole Stableford competition on holes one and 12 to 18. And, in a unique twist, to encourage quick play, anybody completing their round in under an hour-and-a-half is rewarded with a bonus Stableford point.
What’s more, participants can also enjoy a free post-round beer or soft drink, while there are weekly prizes to be won until the end of September.
While the format was originally conceived to promote twilight golf during the late summer, it has been extended to allow members to play at any time during the day, while visitors may tee off any time between 5 and 8pm, subject to availability.
The cost of a round in the ‘Evening Eights’ is £6 for a member and just £10 for visitors.
Daryn Cochrane, golf operations manager at the Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort, explained: “There continues to be increasing time pressure on golfers so leisure time is at a premium. But people still want to play golf, so we came up with this concept which works well with the layout of our course.
“The league format runs until the end of September with the top eight then going into a knockout format. But the opportunity is also there for people to play whenever they wish to put themselves in the frame for the weekly prizes – and, of course, to have fun and stay fit in the process.”
Part of the multi-award-winning QHotels group, the Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort is situated in acres of spectacular grounds, with a golf course co-designed by one of the world’s greatest golfers: Severiano Ballesteros.
Working with the equally revered golf designer Dave Thomas, the legendary Spaniard created a course that is as challenging as it is beautiful, as it meanders through silver birches, firs and heather, offering stunning views towards the picturesque Campsie Hills.
The signature hole, the par-three 15th – created by Ballesteros and known as the Waterfall hole – requires a tee-shot from an elevated tee to a green surrounded by a 60ft rock face. It’s not for the faint hearted and nor are the undulating moorland greens which test one’s mettle when standing over those nervy four-foot putts.
Yet with 148 spacious bedrooms, a large health club with a magnificent swimming pool and gym, a relaxing spa, fantastic bars and restaurants, guests may never leave the comfort of the hotel.
The multi-award-winning, four-star QHotels group offers championship-standard courses in unique resort locations including Slaley Hall – voted ‘Best Golf Hotel/Resort in the North of England’ for the third successive year in the 2017 Today’s Golfer Travel Awards and host of 18 European Tour and European Seniors Tour events – Belton Woods, Oulton Hall, Mottram Hall, and Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort.