The Battle for Legitimacy: Competitions over Nine Holes
Ask many non-golfers why they don’t play golf and you will often hear the same response over and over again.
‘It takes far too long…I don’t have the time to spend 5 hours out of my day away from work, family, friends and all the other responsibilities of modern life’.
It is a problem that the industry and governing bodies have struggled to address. More traditional golfers seek to protect golf as an 18 hole sport, often sighting tradition and history as the reason for the hours spent on the course. But golf knows it needs to figure out how to attract millenials in order to keep participation numbers up. In holding the Tennessee Girls’ Junior Championships on a nine-hole course, the golf establishment have begun a somewhat controversial new project: to make shorter courses legitimate, and presenting nine holes as a respectable competition standard.
Read more: http://www.usga.org/articles/2016/11/competitions-on-nine-hole-courses-proving-successful.html