A shotgun start is a way to speed up a golf tournament. Rather than all groups teeing off at separate times from the first tee, 18 groups tee off at the same time and are allocated their own starting hole (from 1-18). Thus each hole is in play at all times and the total tournament time will be reduced to between 4 and 5 hours.
Which types of golf competition can use a shotgun start?
Shotgun starts are particularly popular in the Texas Scramble format. However, they can be used in any competition format at the discretion of the organizer, and have even been used on the European Tour.
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