(Pictured: A “Whinger”)
The modification of the Fling Golf concept uses a specially designed “Whinger” and allows use of regular putters on greens. Twelve courses in five states currently offer the game, and packages are available for other properties to introduce it as a regular activity or for special events.
The first annual “Whing Golf” World Championship is scheduled to be held on September 22 at the Mount Shasta (Calif.) Resort’s golf course, as a charity event with all proceeds donated to the Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum.
Four-person teams will compete for prizes during the tournament, which will be played over nine holes, with teams placed in divisions based on the youngest team member. All ages and genders are welcome to compete.
The entry fee of $75/person or $250/team covers the nine holes of Whing Golf and includes a cart, whinger, putter and golf ball rentals. Players will also receive access to the resort’s buffet with a complementary drink ticket, and lodging will be available at the Mount Shasta Resort.
Whing Golf is a modified version of the Fling Golf concept that “plays” a golf course by hurling balls down the course with lacrosse-style throws. Whing Golf promotes using the specially designed “Whinger” that was created by an engineer and designed to make it easier to hold and release the ball with backspin. Whing Golf rules allow balls to be tossed by hand onto the greens from bunkers or other close-proximity lies, and for the use of a putter to finish a hole.
Proponents of Whing Golf promote their version as a “great way for golf course owners to get more people onto the links and into the clubhouse.” Specific benefits that are promoted for adding the activity include:
- Integrates seamlessly with an existing course
- No additional infrastructure needed
- Requires little initial investment
- Instantly playable by anyone, young and old
- Costs less to play
- Attracts new players to a course, many of whom may have never been on a golf course before
- More players on the course and more revenues from the course
The Whing Golf website (WhingGolf.com) promotes packages that can provide equipment, instruction videos and promotional materials to help clubs introduce the alternative activity, and lists 12 courses in five states (http://www.whinggolf.com/locations#by_state) that currently offer the game. The website also includes an explanatory video (http://www.whinggolf.com/how-to-whing).
Registrations for the World Championship tournament can be made at http://www.whinggolf.com/whing-world-championship