Men & Women
Reasons to Play Golf
Golf for Dummies
March 18, 2015
All of us love the game of golf and welcome every opportunity to
We enjoy the camaraderie, the challenge and the exhilaration that
comes with being outdoors. Recognizing the pace of our busy lives,
there’s an emerging movement that returns to the very roots of golf in
the United States and the configuration by which many rounds were
originally played- nine holes.
As a key advocate for the health and sustainability of the game, the
United States Golf Association is leading this movement with a very
simple message: Play 9, Play More! Nine-hole rounds are a fulfilling way
to enjoy the game in half the time, often at a reduced price and in a
format that is more welcoming to friends or family members who may be
less experienced. The beauty of a nine-hole round is being able to enjoy
every aspect of the traditional golf experience, but in less time.
Golf facilities also benefit from nine-hole play. Nine-hole rounds
can help fill in gaps during slower times and create the incentive to
return and perhaps play 18 holes in the future.
“The USGA is working to make the game more accessible to anyone who
wants to play, and nine-hole rounds are an important part of this,” said
Rand Jerris, the USGA’s senior managing director of Public Services.
“Nine-hole rounds can fit into anyone’s schedule. They are a great way
to expose young people to the game and a great way for families to spend
To celebrate the nine-hole round and spread the word to golfers
across the country, the USGA has developed an online resource at www.usga.org/play9
to give golfers additional information about courses that offer
nine-hole rates. The website also features a video starring Rickie
Fowler, who like many PGA Tour professionals often plays nine-hole
practice rounds at tournament venues.
If you’re wondering whether nine-hole scores are eligible to post for
handicap purposes, the answer is an absolute yes. The USGA Handicap
System™ easily integrates nine-hole scores and actually allows as few as
seven holes to be played in order to post a nine-hole round by using
"par plus" for the holes not played. In fact, the system combines
nine-hole scores as players post them, even if they are played from
different tees or on different courses. In those cases, the sum of the
USGA Course Rating for each nine is used, along with the average of
Slope Rating of the two nines.
These efforts to promote nine-hole rounds are not designed to detract
from the joys of playing 18 holes…or 36, for that matter. They are
simply meant to encourage golfers to play the game whenever they can –
which can mean before work, after work, on a business trip or vacation,
late on a weekend evening, or any other time when a traditional 18-hole
round might not be feasible.
So get out there on any day – and play nine!