Practising Before a Nine-Hole Competition.

Practising Before a Nine-Hole Competition.

This is an interesting point and one which may be discussed for a time to come.

As an example, on a day when a 9-Hole Stableford is due to be played on Holes 1-9 of a golf course, a group of players wonder if they could play 18 Holes starting on the 10th Tee and then play in the 9-Hole Competition which states on the 1st Tee.

Under the 2019 Rules of Golf, Rule 5.2b, this is not allowed.

“Practising on the course” means playing a ball, or testing the surface of the putting green of any hole by rolling a ball or rubbing the surface.


On the day of a stroke-play competition:

  • A player must not practise on the course before a round, except that the player may practise putting or chipping on or near his or her first teeing area and practise on any practice area.

The group would be deemed as practising on the course before a stroke Play Competition.

Note: This also applies to 9-hole Supplementary Scores.

The fact that the competition will only be run over Holes 1-9 is irrelevant because the course is the whole area within boundaries set by the Club or Committee.

If the designated 9 Holes are within those boundaries then any play on other holes within the same boundaries will be deemed as practising on the Competition Course.

See Definitions of Course and Round.


See Model Local Rule 1-1.2