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Do You Normally Play 9 Holes, 18 or Both?


How often do you play 9 holes?   

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  1. 1. How often do you play 9 holes?

    • Never - If I don't have time for the full 18 I'll either not play or just practice.
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    • Once in a while - I prefer 18, but I'll do 9 here and there.
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    • About half the time I play 9, about half the time I play 18.
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    • I usually only play 9, it's rare that I have time for a full 18.
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    • I only play 9 holes at a time. I almost never play a full 18.
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    • My usual round is 18, but I also play a league which is only 9 holes.
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9 feels wrong....just wrong.... it's not "never", but it's closer to never than to "once in a while" Now I'm conflicted, because there is a very nice (I'm told) 9'er just a couple minutes from ou

If I can’t play 18, I don’t play.  I haven’t played nine holes intentionally since I was 14 years old. The only time I end up with a nine hole score is if I got rained out midway through a round, or p

Last October I had a heart attack. This summer the heat is really bothering me. I walk 9 almost every morning, Monday-Friday. I play early, and get done before it gets too hot. If it ever gets cooler

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I only play a little over 20 rounds a year and this year I might have played a 9 hole round twice. Part of it is that I just don't have as much time for golf as I'd like.

There's a course near me I play 9 at but the pace of play can be atrocious. I'd rather practice for an hour or two than play 9 holes in 2:30 when I have the time.

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3 hours ago, dennyjones said:

I've only played one 9 hole round and that was because we got rained out mid-round.   I didn't see an option to always play 18.  

That's the first one. The one that says you never play 9, if there isn't time to get in 18, you don't play. 

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I have a friend that likes to play 9 to keep his Wife happy but when we are on a golf trip he will play as many holes in a day as possible. 

Another friend that only will play 18 or not at all.

Currently I am on a golf forum because I am injured again.  It is down right depressing.  Reading about golf helps.

When I go solo I will play mostly 9 but occasionally 18. What I prefer to do on the 9 hole solo days is drop 2 balls and play them.  I always check with the course to see if they want me to pay for 9 or 18 holes when I do that.  And I make sure the course is not busy.  If it is busy I will only play 1 ball.

9 hole 2 ball golf is some of the most enjoyable golf that I play, especially when I am playing solo.  

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I almost forgot. We have a nine hole course close by and it is an old style course with tree lined fairways and doglegs. I started playing back in the 1960's on this type of course and I really enjoy playing it. We usually play nine twice and sometimes at the turn it is really crowded and we don't play the full 18,The real reason I usually play 18 is to post an 18 hole round. I realize you can post just nine, but I prefer to post only 18 holes. So if I played only nine I would save the card and next time I played nine I would put them together and post an 18 hole score. Nor sure if the USGA approves this method but then I couldn't care less back then. 

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I prefer 18, and agree with others that playing 9 just doesn't feel right.  The only time I play 9 is if I go to the course after work and that is all I have time for, but even when I do this I still try to push to get in as many holes as I can before it gets dark.

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I only play 18. My only 9 hole rounds are rounds that got rained out or shortened for some other unforeseen occurrence. If I can't play 18 I either practice on the range or if the course isn't too busy I will find a gap and go practice on the course. 9 holes just seems like an unfinished round to me.

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For the past two years now, its mostly 9 due to the after-work league I'm in.   I don't have a lot of time so the 18 is a rare occasion these days.   BUT, when I can, I'll usually play twilight as a single on the weekends because the course gets pretty empty and I can almost finish.   Although I have noticed that in an effort to speed up, after a few holes I get really fast and loose with the swing.😞

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League play is 9 holes, and I play a decent amount of 9-hole twilight rounds. When I play with friends we almost always play 18 though. 

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Mostly play 18, but for me 18 holes on a full course is too much.  But, the group I play with likes to play 18... 19 actually 😉

I do like to play 18 on an executive course.  Twilight 12 at Torrey Pines north is my favorite (the 12th hole comes back to the clubhouse).

I walk, and have some health issues.  18 on a full course just wipes me out too much for the rest of the day.

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  • iacas changed the title to Do You Normally Play 9 Holes, 18 or Both?
On 9/24/2019 at 9:03 PM, Archie Bunker said:

I walk 9 just about every afternoon when the private course I belong to is almost empty. Play several balls, so I get at least 18 holes worth of swings😉

If you’re by yourself, on an open course, you should be able to play 18 in close to the same time as you’re taking to goof around hitting multiple balls on 9...

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