If you love a bit of golf but tire of five-hour rounds, bunker rescue shots and three putting, then Long Drive golf might just be for you.
Forget mastering the nuances of the game, this game is all about power, and Dubai will be playing host to the world’s first Long Drive World Series event at the Jumeirah Golf Estates on St Patrick’s Day – March 17th. There’s probably a joke about greens to be made in there somewhere.
The LDWS will be pooling together regional champs from around the world, and facing them off against each other in the golfing equivalent of a gladiatorial death match. One of the big hitters on show, Ryan Steenburg, reckons he’s regularly topping 400 yards with his stonking drives.
“I was regularly hitting over 400 yards last year and have been training hard,” he said. “With a new equipment set up and an explosive engine to match, expect to see some fireworks when I get on the tee at Long Drive World Series.”
With Dubai being the first of four global hosts for this year’s tour, it’s good to see the competition welcoming local talent. The crowning achievement is the added intrigue of open qualifiers taking place on Thursday. If you back yourself as a big hitter, get down there at 2pm for a long-lunch and join the fun. There are two places up for grabs, so get swinging – you could be in with a shout of winning a very specific Dhs223,281. That’s £50,000.
It sounds a lot like the Twenty20 of golf, so expect gym-bound muscle-golfers with no short game smacking 336 dimples and seven bells out of some golf balls, with pyrotechnics, live DJs and food courtesy of Truckers DXB.*
*Serenity not included
Thu March 16, 2pm. Fri March 17, 6pm. Jumeirah Golf Estates, free entry. Go to www.longdriveworldseries.com for more info.