Longtime golfer Tim Kenney’s idea would convert shutdown or failing courses to offer six holes of play, with a par 3, par 4, and par 5 on each side. Players would hit three balls for every shot and score every ball hit. The concept would allow the remaining 12 holes of space to be used for new homes or open-use areas with walking, biking, and nature trails. “Anyone I’ve talked to thinks it’s a fantastic concept,” Kenney says, citing how it would make playing golf faster while still hitting the same number of shots and making courses cheaper to maintain. “There’s nothing else out there like it that [still lets you] play real golf.”
Longtime golfer Tim Kenney is exploring an idea to convert shutdown or closing golf courses to his new way of playing the game called “QuikGolf,” Spectrum News reported. Noting the number of courses that shut down nationwide each year—with Florida being home to many—he was visiting Tampa and spoke with media.
“You’ve probably got five or six that have closed each year for the past four or five years,” Kenney said.
At least a few of those courses in the Tampa area have sat abandoned ever since, Spectrum News reported.
Kenney uses six holes of the old course, redesigning at least two of the holes near the clubhouse to make a 6-hole golf course with a par 3, par 4, and par 5 on each side, Spectrum News reported. Players would hit three balls for every shot and score every ball hit.
He told Spectrum News when players finish the six holes, they will have hit as many shots as they would have on a traditional 9- or 18-hole course. His new way to play the game is much faster, and cheaper to maintain.
“Anybody I’ve talked to thinks it’s a fantastic concept,” Kenney said.
Some area courses that have closed may be interested in the idea, as it would allow some golf development and 12 holes of space to build new homes or develop open use areas with walking, biking, and nature trails, Spectrum News reported.
Kenney is meeting with golf course owners and some golf professionals this week pitching his patent-pending idea, Spectrum News reported.
“It’s like playing real golf. There’s nothing else out there like it that you can play real golf. This concept you can,” Kenney said.