The European Tour rolled out their GolfSixes experiment today at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire, England. The GolfSixes format is a radical attempt to raise the general appeal of watching and hopefully playing golf. As I’ve previously written this made-for-TV format will not likely be well received by traditional golf fans. I suspected I wouldn’t like it and I was right. Based on Twitter today, it does appear to have found an audience. Reaction is a bit mixed however:
#golfsixes looks interesting! Think golf needs something like this to get more interest and stop boredom of slow play and long rounds— Tony Aaron Keet (@TonyAKeet) May 6, 2017
Sorry , but to many minutes not showing golf is not the way to promote this #golfsixes , come on we're not in America , really 🙈😂— Ingrid 🏌🏽♀️Stam (@ingridmeta) May 6, 2017
Enjoying #GolfSixes it would be good to see golf clubs engaging with the format, setting up Sixes club competitions.— London Golf Guide (@LondonGolfGuide) May 6, 2017
This #GolfSixes is so cool. Just confirming not only what a great sport golf is, but what amazing growth potential it has.— Ben Karpinski (@followthebounce) May 6, 2017
It will take some time to see just how well GolfSixes is received. If the ratings are good we’ll likely see it again at some point. In time we may even see similar tournament formats introduced to local club events. Or this will go down in history as a bad experiment that will be laughed at for years to come. So far, though, the format appears to have done exactly what it was meant to do. Bringing some additional general interest to the game, especially among younger folks, must be a positive doesn’t it?
Please just don’t ever ask me what walk-on music I want for my entrance to the first tee.