Twickenham to host Stadium Golf Tour
London’s Twickenham Stadium, the home of England Rugby, will transform into a 9-hole golf course this summer for up to 7,000 players.
The 82,000 capacity stadium has been confirmed as the flagship venue for a new golf tour arriving in the UK in May.
Stadium Golf Tour, an innovative golf entertainment experience, gives participants the chance to play nine holes at five iconic English sports stadia with a progressive format and scoring system.
Instead of try lines and touch judges, Twickenham’s turf will host greens and specially constructed tee box platforms from June 8-11.
"This is an incredible partnership, which will turn an 82,000-seater stadium into a visionary, powerful and exciting golf course," said Nils Braude, Managing Director, Twickenham Experience Limited.
"We're delighted to form a pivotal role in such an innovative tour. Everyone at Twickenham will make sure we play our part by offering great hospitality and experience to every one of the golfers that comes and plays at the Home of England Rugby."
The format allows groups of up to eight players to compete at once and uses a self-scoring system that ranges from eagle to double bogey. Points are scored for proximity to the hole and no putting is involved.
As well as the experience of hitting golf balls in an iconic sports stadium, tour members will have access to ‘The Clubhouse,’ including golf simulators, short game challenges, an elevated hitting platform, VIP hospitality packages, and the opportunity to tour the England Rugby changing rooms.
The UK Stadium Golf Tour will also transform the home grounds of four high profile English football clubs into golf venues, with Hillsborough Stadium (Sheffield Wednesday F.C), King Power Stadium (Leicester City F.C), Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace F.C) and London Stadium (West Ham United F.C) hosting SGT events.
SGT staged its first U.S. event of 2023 at Tiger Stadium, home of Louisiana State University’s NCAA football team, in March. It has plans to roll out events in Florida, Texas, Kentucky, Wisconsin and South Carolina later this year.
The launch of the Stadium Golf Tour coincides with a historic shift in golf participation in the United States.
According to the National Golf Foundation, more Americans are now playing golf in off-course settings than on traditional 18-hole courses, rising 13.1% to 27.9 million in 2022.
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