ASHLUDIE – TWO LOOPS OF NINE HOLES 

Background

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 bookings@monifiethlinks.com by Thursday 11 August 2016.