There have been several articles in national golf publications recently about a trend toward 9-hole play. The theory is that a full 18 holes takes most of your day, and that might be a deterrent to some. A reduced fee for nine holes might draw more people into the game.
It is not an issue at private clubs, where a member pays monthly dues and tees it up for as many holes as he or she wants. But it is a tricky question at public courses that exist on the per-round fee.
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