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In a hole, golf considers digging a wider one

The golf world has lost 5 mn players in the last decade, spurring a growing revolution to create alternative forms of the game

Bill Pennington  |  Greensboro 

Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures - some would say gimmicks - that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always revelled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 per cent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially ...

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First Published: Sat, April 19 2014. 22:06 IST