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9 Hole Championship

A recent R&A survey revealed that 60% of golfers would enjoy golf more if it took less time.

This led The R&A to run a 9 hole pilot event at Royal Troon in 2016 and its success resulted in a GB&I wide 9 hole event being delivered last year.

The 2018 event will culminate in a 9 hole Final at Carnoustie on the eve of the 147th Open Championship.

9 Hole Championship Overview

2017 Champions

Pauline Rostron & Sally Pearson

2016 Amateur Championship  Scott Gregory

The 2017 R&A 9 Hole Championship winners were Sally Pearson and Pauline Rostron from England.

They won this event over the back 9 at Royal Birkdale on the eve of the 146th Open Championship.

2018 Final Venue

Carnoustie 9 Hole Champ

2018 Final Venue

Format

READY GOLF

Carnoustie Golf Links

Golf has been played at Carnoustie since the early 16th century, and in that time the links have earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the toughest golf destinations in the world.

It has hosted The Open seven times and last staged the Championship in 2007 when Padraig Harrington became Champion Golfer of the Year for the first time.

It has held a number of professional and amateur events, including The Amateur on five occasions, the Women’s British Open, the Alfred Dunhill Links and the Senior Open.

The course record is held by Tommy Fleetwood whose 63 during the Alfred Dunhill Links in 2017 set a new record. At 7,421 yards, it is the longest of any of the Open venues.

Contact details:

Carnoustie Golf Centre
Links Parade,
Carnoustie,
Angus,
DD7 7JE
Tel: +44 (0) 1241 802270

FORMAT

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2018 Final Venue

Format

READY GOLF

Format

QUALIFYING

Qualifying is open to men and women who are amateur and members of a golf club within GB&I.

Qualifying competitions will be run by golf clubs in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and conducted over 9 holes by Stableford.

For further details on qualifying competitions, please go to your national website;

England

Ireland

Scotland

Wales

THE FINAL

The Final will involve 42 amateur golfers and will be played on the morning of Saturday 14 July. Click here for further details.

READY GOLF

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2018 Final Venue

Format

READY GOLF

Ready Golf will be encouraged during play of the 2018 Final and during all qualifying events.

Ready Golf features in The R&A’s Pace of Play manual as a recommended solution for tackling slow play and it enables golfers to play when they are ready to do so rather than strictly adhere to ‘the farthest from the hole plays first’ requirement.

The practice can be used in stroke play and includes a number of actions that can help to improve the flow of golfers around the course.

Examples of Ready Golf in action are:

  • Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options
  • Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait
  • Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play
  • Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball
  • Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line
  • Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker
  • When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot
Download our Ready Golf Infographic.

Why 9 holes?

Golf played over 9 holes;

  • takes less time
  • can be social and/or competitive
  • can count for handicapping purposes
  • is still real golf
  • is fast, fun and flexible

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