- Back nine of a golf course: A standard golf course has 18 holes, numbered 1 through 18. The first nine holes are referred to as the "front nine," and the last nine holes - holes 10 through 18 - are called the "back nine."
- Back nine of a round: A regulation round of golf is 18 holes in length, and the golfer's back nine consists of the final nine holes he plays. But sometimes the back nine of a round and the back nine of a golf course are different. How? Not every round of golf begins at the No. 1 tee; some tournaments require that some golfers begin certain rounds on the No. 10 tee. If you play holes 10 through 18 first, then Holes 1-9 will be the last nine holes you play. And in that circumstance, holes 1-9 would constitute the "back nine" of that specific round of golf.
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