Why Play 9In 2014, the USGA introduced the PLAY9™ initiative to encourage golfers of all abilities, many of whom have busy schedules, to find the time to play nine holes. The Association named the following nine reasons why it’s always a great time to play nine:
Nine-hole golf has an impeccable pedigree. The First U.S. Open in 1895 was played on a nine-hole course: Newport (R.I.) Golf Club. Arnold Palmer and Pete Dye, among other golf luminaries, learned the game on nine-hole courses. AND SO CAN YOU!
It’s a wonderful way to learn the game. An NGF study shows 86 percent of beginners start with nine-hole rounds. You can more comfortably develop your game and learn Rules and etiquette without the stress and time commitment of 18 holes.
It’s the best way to support someone who is learning how to play. You already love the game. A study by Sports & Leisure Research Group revealed that 60 percent of golfers believe a nine-hole round is an outstanding way to introduce a non-golfer to the game. Give back to the game and get a friend or family member hooked.
You can do it forever. Golf is a game for a lifetime. Playing nine holes is the perfect way to keep players of all ages and abilities engaged in friendly competition.
Your nine-hole round is legit!The USGA’s Golf Handicap Information Network® (GHIN) showed a 13 percent year-over-year increase in nine-hole scores posted in the two months following the program’s launch. You can post a nine-hole score to maintain your Handicap Index. Click here to see how.
Copyright David Chimiel, USGA, http://www.usga.org/play-9/why-it-s-cool-to-play9.html