A number of golfing organisations, including the R&A and Scottish Golf, are encouraging golf clubs to promote 9 hole golf as an alternative to the full 18 holes. Under new rules competitions can be run and handicaps can be adjusted on a 9 hole course.

The organisations promoting this have done so because of falling golf membership nationally, and the need to attract new people into golf. It is stated that a 9 hole option might be more appropriate for –

  • Older golfers
  • Physically less able golfers
  • Juniors learning the game
  • Golfers with less time available to them
  • Golfers who prefer to play 9 holes only

 Previous trial

The Links Board conducted a trial on Ashludie during the winter of 2015-16, and then conducted a survey. The results of the survey showed that the majority of those who responded were in favour of the principle of 2 loops of 9 holes on Ashludie, so that those playing 9 holes would return to the starting point, while those playing 18 holes would simply play the holes in a different order. However, there was considerable feeling against the layout chosen, since there was an imbalance between the 2 loops of nine holes in terms of difficulty.

The Links Board, therefore, decided to revert to the original layout for the summer of 2016, with a view to reconsidering the matter at a later date.

Possible new trial

The Links Board is now looking at the possibility of trialling a different layout with a better balance of holes between the two nines.

This layout is as follows –

First nine –     Holes 1 – 8, then 18.

Second nine – Holes 14 – 17, then holes 9 – 13 (new tee at 9th)

The views of members

Before making a decision regarding a future trial, the Links Board is seeking the views of members on this matter. All Monifieth Links members are invited to indicate their views by email to by Thursday 11 August 2016.