May 26, 2014 4:54 pm

Alberta golf course tests out larger holes

EDMONTON – Your chances of getting a hole in one just got easier at Eagle Rock Golf Course near Beaumont.

The course is testing out larger holes. In fact, all 18 holes have nearly doubled in size.

Regulation size is four-and-a-quarter inches in diameter.  Now, the holes at Eagle Rock are temporarily eight inches in diameter.

The course is testing out the idea after hearing its success at a course in Langley, B.C.

Eagle Rock’s Head Pro Chad Rumpel says the change is all about enjoying the game.

“Fun,” Rumpel explains.

“Make the game a little bit easier, pace of play… It’s a frustrating game and the numbers are not growing. People aren’t enjoying it as much as they used to, so we’re trying to make it a fun atmosphere.”

“We follow guys sometimes and they’re three-putting and four-putting lots of greens,” says golfer Charlie Merle.

“This way, if they cut it down at least a couple of putts, it’s going to speed things up.”

It cost about $800 to test out the bigger holes.

The 18 holes made their début on Monday and will return to regulation size on Wednesday.

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