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Blind Nine

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Definition: Blind Nine, sometimes called Blind Hole, is a scramble tournament in which only nine of the 18 holes count in the team's final score. The catch is that the teams don't know which nine holes count until after the round is completed.

The tournament organizers usually wait until all teams have teed off before randomly selecting the nine holes whose scores will be used.

Alternately, the organizers may select three par-3s, three par-4s and three par-5s, but that makes it easier on the field - concentrate really hard on the par 3s and par 5s because there usually are only four each of those on a golf course.

Blind Nine is usually played with full handicaps, but using three-quarter handicaps or some other fraction can help ease the logjam that is sometimes created by using only nine holes to score.

Compare to Arizona Shuffle, a similar format.

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Also Known As: Blind Hole
Alternate Spellings: Blind 9
Examples:
"The Ladies Golf Association is playing a Blind Nine tournament on Saturday."
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