"PITCH AND PUTT" - As Defined By IGC
(a) Length of Hole : 90 meters maximum
(b) Length of 18- hole course : 1,200 meters maximum
Clubs : Three clubs maximum, one of which must be a putter
What is Pitch and Putt Golf?
With the purpose of introducing more people to Golf, this format was accepted by the R&A (the highest ruling Golf authority in the world) in December 2010 when the R&A recognized the International Pitch and Putt Association, IPPA. Pitch and Putt is also called a ‘Nursery of Golf’ because this is a first step to learn Golf; at present it is the fastest growing international competitive sport. Pitch and putt is "unconventional" Golf, (PAR 54), which is slightly different to Conventional Golf (PAR-72). Pitch and Putt is an 18-hole PAR-54 format, played on a short course where the distance of each hole is no more than 90 meters and the combined length of 18 holes is less than 1200 meters. In conventional golf a player uses three types of shots “Driving, Pitching and Putting”. In this new format, the player does not need to “Drive” but the rest remains the same. A player can use only 2 clubs, (generally irons), and a putter which makes this game more challenging.
Special Skills for Pitch and Putt
In Pitch and Putt, a player does not need to use force; it is more a question of technique, requiring good strategy. It is a fast and highly competitive game, renowned for close encounters; it requires adaptation to quickly changing situations and the ability to handle the pressures of the short game.
Basic Comparison between GOLF & PITCH and PUTT
|Particular||Golf||Pitch and Putt Golf|
|Number of holes in a course||18||18|
|Combined length of 18 holes||6,000 to 7,000 meters||1,200 meters|
|Total Par in a course (average)||72||54|
|Type of shots||Driving, Pitching/Chipping and Putting||Pitching/Chipping and Putting|
|Approximate time taken for a complete course||4 to 5 hours||75 to 90 minute|
|Role of Highest ruling authority of Golf in the World||R&A makes rule of Golf||R&A recognize rules of Pitch and Putt|
|Governing body of the game in World||International Golf Federation (IGF||International Pitch and Putt Association (IPPA)|
|Governing Body of game in India||Indian Golf Union (IGU)||Indian Pitch and Putt Union (IPPU)|
|International tournaments||A well spread international calendar||A well spread international calendar|
|Land required for developing a Course||100 acres to 250 acres for 18 hole championship course of international level||22 acres to 37 acres for 18 hole championship course oF international level|
|Allied ventures||Hotel, Motel, Resorts, Restaurants, Shopping Malls, Residential and Commercial Complexes, Party, Lawns, Banquets, Exhibitions and Conference Halls, etc.||Hotel, Motel, Resorts, Restaurants, Shopping Malls, Residential and Commercial Complexes, Party, Lawns, Banquets, Exhibitions and Conference Halls, etc.|
Indian Pitch and Putt Union (IPPU)
Indian Pitch and Putt Union is apex body of Pitch and Putt Sport in India, a non-profit organisation constituted on 30th March 2011, New Delhi; Member of International Pitch and Putt Association
International Pitch and Putt Association (IPPA)
The International Pitch and Putt Association is the governing body for the sport of Pitch and Putt in the world, its secretariat is located in Madrid (Spain); recognised by R&A.
R&A is the highest ruling authority of Golf in the world, December 2010 R&A recognised Pitch and Putt as well as IPPA and support Global Programs of International Pitch and Putt Association.
World Golf Foundation develops and supports different Golf programs worldwide. WGF’s executive committee include top amateur and professional golfing bodies of the world i.e. R&A, USGA, PGA, LGPA and few more prominent organisation from the world of golf. IPPU program to develop Golf & Pitch and Putt praised by WGF with the assurance to support future program in India.