Five Benefits of Playing 9 Holes
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
If you’re contemplating playing golf, one of the drawbacks some see is the thought of spending five hours on the golf course if you don’t have that much time to commit. The speed of play in golf is one of the key issues that all golfers are faced with.
We all hit poor shots and spend time looking for lost balls in the trees or perhaps taking a little longer over each shot as the so-called “pre-shot routine” is drilled into us when we watch the pros on TV.
If you’re heading to one of the many championship golf courses in and around Gulf Shores, no need to worry about a slow pace of play with this one tip I have for you. Forego playing the full 18 holes and instead opt for nine holes. Let’s take a look at some of the key benefits.
Research has suggested that one of the golfing community’s biggest pet peeves is the pace of play on a golf course.
We all lead hectic lifestyles so how does spending only 2-3 hours sound enjoying your favorite golf course? That’s the inherent beauty of playing only nine holes because the average time is only two and a half hours in comparison with over five hours for the full 18.
Why not head out to the links and enjoy the beautiful weather, knowing that your golfing experience will not take up all your free time to enjoy many of Gulf Shores’ other great attractions.
Have you ever wondered why many golf courses have very distinctive front and back nines? Of course it’s possible this is because the course architect wants to leave their impression on the course, but I am convinced that many modern-day designs are done this way so that people can enjoy only nine holes.
A great example of this distinctive design feature is at Peninsula Golf Club in Gulf Shores. This luxury course has three unique designs throughout the 27 hole complex. Golfers can experience Peninsula and decide whether they want to challenge the Marsh, Lakes or Cypress designs, each of which has a distinctive look and feel that make them aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
When you think about some of the finest golf course designers that have left their imprint on the Alabama Gulf Coast, such as Jerry Pate, Earl Stone and Arnold Palmer, you really know that you found a golfing destination worth experiencing. Checking out Gulf Shores’ finest golf courses and playing nine holes around each of them is a great way to find the course that best fits your game.
Many golf courses offer discounted rates for nine holes, so the next time you’re considering visiting the course, contact the pro shop to see if there are any deals available for the shorter version of the game we all love.