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NORTON, Massachusetts – In 2014, the USGA announced its recent launch of a new playing program called PLAY9. The program promotes individuals to get out and play more golf and highlights how a 9-hole round of golf can be ideal. Rather than playing a traditional four-hour golf round of 18 holes, a 9-hole round can be more convenient at times, in people’s busy lives.
“We want to encourage 9-hole rounds, we know it is a growing trend and we want to make sure that it is an accepted way to play golf as well. There is no secret behind it, you can still post a 9-hole score, you can still have a great experience in an hour and a half to two hours, to fit into busy schedules” said Jesse Menachem, Mass Golf’s Executive Director/CEO.
Since the establishment of the PLAY9 campaign, golfers have strongly responded.
In 2015, 17 percent of golfers reported that they participated in a PLAY9 program. Two years later, the percentage of golfers who participated in a PLAY9 program increased significantly to 24 percent.
Along with an increase in participation, 70 percent of golfers agreed with the statement, “Nine-hole rounds are a great way to try golf.”
For the Bay State, two Mass Golf Member Clubs are planning to host PLAY9 golf days in August.
On August 3rd from 2pm to 4pm at Crystal Lake Golf Club in Haverhill, all level of golfers can come out and either play their own ball or play a scramble format. Crystal Lake is offering a special 9 hole rate of $25 for golf and cart, $19 without cart.
Additional questions and information about this PLAY9 event can be directed to Crystal Lake Golf Club at 978-377-0655.
Three days later, The Back Nine Club in Lakeville will also be hosting a PLAY9 golf day. From 9am to 11am, golfers will have the opportunity to play their own ball or a scramble. Reduced green fees of $15 and cart fees of $7 will be offered. Juniors ages 18 and under can play for $10.
In addition to the August 6th event, The Back Nine Club is hosting two more PLAY9 golf days on August 23rd and August 28th.
Additional questions can be directed to The Back Nine Club at 508-947-9991.