You Pitch and then you Putt. This is probably what a golfer will tell you when you ask. But, what is it exactly?
Pitch and Putt is an amateur sport (for those of us, like the RiverBlogger) who cannot play golf (yet). It is similar to golf, but the maximum total course length is only 1200 meters and players may only use three clubs, of which one must be a putter. The average length of a normal golf course could be up to 7500 meters.
Pitch and Putt was developed in Ireland in the 1940s. Traditionally their holes measure up to 70 meters and the players are only allowed to use an iron and a putter. The game is played from raised artificial teeing surfaces using a tee and it also has its own handicap system.
Due to Pitch and Putt evolving in other countries after its original development in Ireland, the rules now differ from country to country. The FIPPA rules still apply when it comes to international competitions though.
Pitch and Putt might be defined as an amateur sport, but compete they will!
For Pitch and Putt Rules, go to FIPPA’s website.
Visit the Riviera on Vaal Country Club‘s Pitch and Putt course and see why this amateur sport is so much fun!