Golf Guide and Rules
A nine-hole form of golf,
where there are two flags on every
holes... two flags... you decide. Risk
and reward. That's the essence of
PowerPlay Golf is a new
shorter variation of golf, featuring two
flags on a green and played over nine
holes. You can score extra points if you
take a 'PowerPlay' and go for the Black
Flag, but you have a limited number of 'PowerPlays'
in your round - choose wisely. It was
devised by British amateur golfer Peter
McEvoy, a former victorious captain of
the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup
team, and David Piggins, a sports venue
owner and operator, assisted by a
creative team from golf agency Hiseman
In PowerPlay Golf, players can choose to
play to the 'easy' white flag or the
more difficult "Skull 'n' Crossbones"
black flag. If they score a birdie or
better to the black flag, they earn
double Stableford Points. Each golfer is
compelled to take exactly three 'PowerPlays'
in the first eight holes. They then have
the option of a fourth 'PowerPlay' on
the final hole. But if they get a net
bogey or worse, they lose two points
from their total score.
The game was first played by 16 UK golf
journalists at Playgolf Northwick Park
Golf Course, London, on February 6,
2007. Since then the format has expanded
its reach, with 140 UK courses set up
for the format, 14 in Australia and 30
in South Africa.
Played by the English Golf Union Elite
Squad in training sessions, first
occasion in April 2007.
David Kemp, a 3-handicap golfer from
Guildford, Surrey, won the first ever
National PowerPlay Golf Championships at
Hampton Court Palace Golf Club, London,
on September 6, 2007 - featured by
Today's Golfer magazine.
NINE HOLES. TWO FLAGS... YOU DECIDE
In PowerPlay Golf there are two flags on
every green. Going for a black flag
signals a PowerPlay, where you earn
double stableford points for a net
birdie or better. So what's your
strategy? Play safe, or go for it. This
is the ultimate shot selection
BLACK FLAG: DOUBLE YOUR POINTS FOR NET
BIRDIES OR BETTER
You MUST take use a total of three
PowerPlays in the first eight holes. On
the last 9th hole, you can take a fourth
'bonus PowerPlay' - but beware! You lose
2 points for a net bogie or worse. This
is where games can be won or lost in the
swing of a club.
STROKEPLAY OR MATCHPLAY?
So how are you going to beat your mates
- with a total stableford points score,
or hole by hole? PowerPlay Golf is
perfect for both strokeplay and
matchplay. Imagine going up the last all
square or on level points... are you
prepared to risk it all on a PowerPlay?
USEFUL TIPS FOR PLAYERS
Check rules on the
course; Use the PowerPlay Golf ready-reckoner,
available from every club.
How to mark a
scorecard; Mark where each player has
taken a PowerPlay against the
relevant hole. Remember you MUST
take EXACTLY three PowerPlays in the
first eight holes.
How to score; White
Flags = normal Stableford points.
Black Flags = double Stableford
points for net Birdie or better,
What to do on the
last hole; You have an optional
Bonus PowerPlay opportunity. Get
birdie or better for double points.
But bogey or worse means you lose
two points off your total.
How to nominate a
PowerPlay; You must nominate your
PowerPlay on the tee, before your
tee shot. Once your shot is taken,
you cannot withdraw the PowerPlay.
Who putts out first
on the green; Golfers playing to the
White Flag, putt out before golfers
playing to the Black Flag.
PowerPlay Official Site
your time on the course!