May 1, 2014 12:25 am

Langley golf course experiments with 8-inch holes to entice more players

A Langley golf course is hoping to attract younger golfers by making the game easier.

Once a week, Redwoods Golf Course in Langley holds “8-inch Tuesdays,” almost doubling the cup size in the hopes of doubling customers and revenue.

The number of people playing golf has been dropping steadily, as more baby boomers age and fewer young people take up the game.

It’s been argued that the game simply takes too long to play and too long to learn.

“The two biggest complaints are speed of play and frustration with the game of golf,” says Redwoods managing director Doug Hawley. “One third [of the players' time] is spent on the green, so we thought we’d do something to make it more enjoyable.”

Hawley says they are even considering “10-inch Wednesdays” and “15-inch Thursdays” now.

Redwoods is the only golf course in Canada to offer 8-inch cups.

But, similar venues are doing quite well south of the border, even though the U.S. has lost five million recreational golfers in the last decade.

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