The second annual Play9 Day is scheduled July 29.
The USGA, in partnership with American Express, will recognize and celebrate the many virtues of the nine-hole round. The initiative is broadening to include more facilities and more golfers as it continues to gain momentum and popularity as a convenient way to enjoy and experience the game.
In support of the Play9 initiative, the USGA will deploy a national awareness-building campaign to encourage participation from golf clubs and golfers alike. The campaign is highlighted by distribution of Play9 toolkits to USGA member clubs; on-air promotion through Fox Sports; extensive digital promotion; a social media campaign; and significant state and regional golf association support.
The 2014 program helped to educate golfers that nine-hole scores are eligible for handicap purposes. Last year, the USGA's Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN) recorded a 13 percent increase from 2013 in nine-hole rounds posted in the two months after the program's launch.
Golfers can visit www.usga.org/play9 to find more information on posting a nine-hole score.