don’t always have enough time to play a full round between practice and spending
time with friends and family,” said Fowler. “I’m happy to join the USGA and
American Express on ‘Play 9’ to encourage golfers to play a nine-hole round,
especially if that’s what’s going to get them out onto the golf course to play
the forefront of the USGA’s multi-year commitment to promote “Play 9” is the
first annual “Play 9 Day” on Wednesday, July 23, when all golfers will be
encouraged to play a nine-hole round. The program builds on the organization’s
ongoing efforts to make the game more accessible, sensitive to time
considerations and sustainable.
our extensive conversations with golfers, we’ve learned that they feel
challenged by the time it takes to play,” said Mike Davis, executive director
of the USGA. “By creating awareness of the nine-hole round, and the many ways
that one can enjoy the game in less time, we hope this creative program
featuring one of the game’s more dynamic and progressive players will energize
and remind golfers how they can fit the game into their days.”
Express is excited to partner with the USGA and Rickie Fowler to support the
game by encouraging more people to play nine-hole rounds,” said Deborah Curtis,
vice president of sports and entertainment marketing at American Express. “With
their support, we want ‘Play 9’ to demonstrate how golf can fit into the
everyday lives of players – giving golfers everywhere a chance to play more
research indicates there is growing interest in this format of play. According
to the National Golf Foundation, 27 percent – more than 4,000 – of America’s courses are
nine-hole facilities. In addition, nine-hole rounds can be played at most 18-hole public facilities.
However, just 24 percent of total rounds played last year, among those
surveyed, were nine-hole rounds.
separate study conducted in 2013 by Sports & Leisure Research Group for the
USGA found that 33 percent of core golfers (those who play eight to 24 rounds
annually) and 38 percent of casual golfers (those who play seven rounds or
fewer) would play more nine-hole rounds if the format were “more strongly
“Play 9” program will provide golfers and golf courses with resources that will
allow them to celebrate the nine-hole round and the game in a variety of ways,
including finding time to enjoy a nine-hole match with friends and post an
official score, or even take a lesson.
view the PSA and to learn more, visit www.usga.org/play9.
All golfers are encouraged to share their photos and experiences via social
media using #play9golf.