The Bethel Inn Resort’s 15 Inch Cups
The Bethel Inn Resort has announced a two-day experiment with 15 inch cups on Sunday and Monday, August 17 and 18. The two days will include special events, contests, prizes, and discounted green fees for golfers who want to “sample” this widely-discussed new dimension to the game.
The bold idea of cups nearly four times the traditional 4 ¼ inch size is being promoted by TaylorMade-Adidas Golf and was launched at a tournament immediately following the Masters which included Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose in Georgia. Some 100 clubs around the country are joining in with special events and tournaments.
With its 6,700 yard, Geoffrey Cornish-designed layout, The Bethel Inn Resort will be the first major facility in the northeast to offer this opportunity to the golfing public according to resort officials.
Sunday, August 17th will feature a 3:00 PM four-person nine hole scramble, with holes re-fitted with the 15 inch cups. Participants may sign up as a four person team or as individuals who will be assigned teams by the pro shop. The event will include chipping and putting contests using the larger holes. After 3:00, tee slots will be available for players who do not wish to participate in the scramble.
On Monday, August 18, tee times for 9 or 18 holes will be available all day. All 18 greens will feature the 15 inch holes as well as the standard size holes so players have an option to choose either. Prizes for the scramble winners, holes in one, and the chipping and putting contests will total $2,000 in resort spending money for both days.
The resort urges golfers to call early for tee times since there has been a strong interest among golfers of all levels to see how much the larger cups will lower their scores. Estimates range from five to eight shots per nine hole round.
Mark Mallory, The Bethel Inn Resort’s Head Professional is looking forward to hosting this special event. “In addition to reducing our green fees, we will be offering $2,000 in resort spending money as prizes for holes-in-one and for the special chipping and putting contests. We are anxious to see the reactions of high and low handicap golfers to this unique experiment”, according to Mallory.
Allen Connors, the resort’s Managing Partner emphasized that there are no plans to convert to the larger hole size on a permanent basis. “We see the larger holes as a way of increasing interest in the game with special events like those planned for August 17 and 18. We also envision some of our golf groups wanting to experiment with them, especially groups with higher handicap, infrequent golfers.”
For more information and tee times call The Bethel Inn Resort Golf Shop at (207) 824-2175 ext. 402 or (207) 824-6276 or e-mail [email protected]