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#1 Tanner25

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 06:41 AM

Anyone prefer to play 9 holes of golf? I have found there are many benefits. Score does not become an obsession, less tired, less cost, less time, more social etc. Some courses make it a bit more expensive than it should be. But, I recently played one course, that just cut the green fee in half, which was nice. It's also a cool idea to drive/explore courses that are 1-2 hours away and play one you wouldn't normally play - in the same about amount of time of playing a local course for 18 holes.

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 07:13 AM

I like a quick 9 after work. I used to be a member at a club across the street from my office, could get in 9, 12 or whatever I hour and a half. Go home, eat dinner and the wife would miss me. Now that course is a housing development. :(
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Posted 14 July 2018 - 08:25 AM

I think that would be good for the growth of golf if they ever did it correctly. I would really be motivated to improve, put the time in, if it gave me an opportunity to play the best courses at reasonable rates. Half price with no hidden fees with the example you give would be outstanding. But the skeptic in me says the resort type courses would never do that and if they did, in no time playing nine would be as expensive as 18 now. Haha. Maybe we better not suggest this? Nine holes obviously works when they already got your money with clubs.

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 08:56 AM

I play mostly on a 1930's 9-hole track which runs along Lake Michigan. 9 holes works great during the week, reasonable pricing and normally less than 2 hours. Helps the budget, family time and allows me to walk (for the exercise). I can't really walk 18 hoes anymore so really enjoy the chance to walk for 9 holes. Wish more courses would offer that option.
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Posted 14 July 2018 - 10:31 AM

Most of the golf I play these days is 9 holes. I play 2-4 times a week after work and on the weekend. Go walk 9 in under 2 hours and then off to do something else. Leaving after 9 has me wanting to play a bit more so I'm anxious to get back especially if I've had a good round. Playing 18 a lot of times I'm tired mostly mentally by the 14th hole and ready to be doing something else. I enjoy 18 when I haven't played in a while but if I'm playing 3 plus times a week....I enjoy 9.

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 10:34 AM

I play 9 holes daily (300 rounds/year) which satisfies my craving plus I don't feel guilty with the old lady although she encourages me to play more!

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 01:00 PM

Not really. It would be like bowling 5 frames.

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 01:04 PM

I will play nine on a few courses. But here, I will not pay 75% of the fees for 9 holes. Too many tourist dollars here for that. I wish the locals could get
50% for 9 during the week.

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 06:07 PM

Both of my leagues are 9 holes, but I still play 18 each saturday and sunday.  Wife doesn't like to play 18, so we'll play 9 and dine... I think most courses don't think it through and should offer better deals late afternoon.  Course is empty

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 08:31 PM

I don't mind playing 9 in after-work company leagues on weeknights, but 9 holes is generally a tease.

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 08:54 PM

15 of the 20 rounds on my current handicap card are combined 9 hole scores.  So 30 9 hole rounds to 5 18 hole rounds.  Between young kids and work, it's the only way for me to play with any regularity.

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 09:44 PM

View PostNaptime, on 14 July 2018 - 01:00 PM, said:

Not really. It would be like bowling 5 frames.

Funny you would say that. I usually play 5 holes. Tee off at 7:30 am and am done before 8:30 (walking). I play 18 holes when I play with my league, so enjoy my quick fixes.
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Posted 14 July 2018 - 10:33 PM

View PostNaptime, on 14 July 2018 - 01:00 PM, said:

Not really. It would be like bowling 5 frames.

Wow, it takes you 4 hours to bowl 10 frames?

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 10:44 PM

I've gotten so accustomed to playing 9-holes that playing 18-holes feels too long for me. I'd much rather play 9 quick holes during the week after work than labor through a 5-hour 18-hole round on the weekend.
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Posted 15 July 2018 - 06:51 AM

I have a 9 hole executive course that I will play if I have less than two hours but prefer 18 on a full length course.


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Posted 15 July 2018 - 08:11 AM

I have played 9 on the 9 hole par 3 course at the local range. But on a full course, it would be frustrating to have a hot opening 9 (it happens once in a while) and not be able to close what could be a great round.

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 08:21 PM

I normally play 9, but occasionally play 18 in late fall and early winter.  No pile-ups to wait for, maybe an occasional scratch player with a Sunday bag playing through . . .

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 07:47 AM

I enjoy walking 9 after a workday. Otherwise I prefer 18 or like this weekend: walked 22 holes on Friday, 9 on Saturday after working all morning, rode 18 in the morning on Sunday and walked 18 in the afternoon.

The only time I drove an hour for 9 holes was for a golf league after my worked moved to a new location. I liked the course & league enough that it made it worth while for a short time. Otherwise if I am driving 30 minutes or more it's at least 18 holes.

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 08:04 AM

9 just doesn't feel good.

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 08:09 AM

I would love to play 9 holes as long as they were holes 4-12. On 1-3 I'm still getting warmed up and by 13 I've usually lost focus.

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 08:09 AM

I only play 9 and I only walk, have 2 new kids. I have a cheap $30/month walking only membership. Thought I would never enjoy it, now playing 18 sounds exhausting and time consuming. They need to build more short 9 hole walking courses around the country in urban areas to help grow the game.

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 08:35 AM

View PostHiSpeed48, on 14 July 2018 - 10:44 PM, said:

I've gotten so accustomed to playing 9-holes that playing 18-holes feels too long for me. I'd much rather play 9 quick holes during the week after work than labor through a 5-hour 18-hole round on the weekend.

The responses to this thread  indicate that there's a theme amongst avid players. We play in the evening when it's not so hot. We play in off-peak times when the course is more open. A lot of us prefer to walk because it has numerous benefits.

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I only play 9 and I only walk, have 2 new kids. I have a cheap $30/month walking only membership. Thought I would never enjoy it, now playing 18 sounds exhausting and time consuming. They need to build more short 9 hole walking courses around the country in urban areas to help grow the game.

I love the idea of more courses being designed with that in mind. I know that here in the Carolinas a lot of our courses are quite hilly. Walking 18 holes is rough, especially in the heat of the day. If you tee off at 10am on Saturday you're drained by the time you come off the course. You're totally done with golf at that point.

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:33 AM

What annoys me about playing 9 at some courses near me is they dont have a 9 hole price, just a twilight price, which if you get there at 4pm or 6pm its the same. Only thing is you can finish 18 holes at 4pm in the summer.
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Posted 16 July 2018 - 10:38 AM

View PostTwism86, on 16 July 2018 - 09:33 AM, said:

What annoys me about playing 9 at some courses near me is they dont have a 9 hole price, just a twilight price, which if you get there at 4pm or 6pm its the same. Only thing is you can finish 18 holes at 4pm in the summer.

Agreed, when the USGA adopted the "play 9" promotion there should have been a nation wide campaign to lower 9 hole pricing. Maybe there was but I have never seen a course with a equivalent per hole price as 18 holes. It didn't make sense to me.

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 10:46 AM

Not sure why people expect 9 holes to be half the cost of 18.

There are costs that are the same regardless of if you're playing 9 or 18. Pricing and margins should reflect that.

A footlong sandwich is always cheaper than a 6 inch for those same reasons.

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 10:50 AM

I dont expect the cost to be half of the 18 hole price, but a slight discount would be nice.
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Posted 16 July 2018 - 11:00 AM

View PostTwism86, on 16 July 2018 - 10:50 AM, said:

I dont expect the cost to be half of the 18 hole price, but a slight discount would be nice.

Ideally, if you wanted to make the same margin (profit) % off each round, 9 holes would be cheaper because there is less wear and tear on the course, less gas used in the carts, etc.

But the course still has to maintain all 18 holes, staff the pro shop, pay the utilities, etc, whether you play 9 or 18.

So the answer is somewhere between "same price" and "half price." I know you get that, but others... I'm not so sure.
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Posted 16 July 2018 - 11:09 AM

I DO think the price should be half but I completely understand from a business stand point. I run a small business. It's a fine line of getting more people on the course but also making it profitable. There is a great video from "No laying up" on YouTube about a course in winter Park, FL. Everyone should watch it, I think it is smart from a course's perspective and a golfer's perspective. I think it should be the next move for golf to grow amongst the average American.

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 11:53 AM

no only do I prefer 9, but I prefer to walk 9 holes. I don't like walking around in circles aimlessly nor do I enjoy running. But i enjoy being alone for hour to hour and half. and walk 9 holes with a light carry.
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Posted 16 July 2018 - 12:11 PM

Courses here in Austin don't seem to offer early morning (first 60-90mins) back-9 deals like in the Bay Area, so I don't anymore.
Used to sneak in a few before work as some courses did do that, but not anymore.


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