Before reading the rest of the article, answer this question: What is the perfect number of golf holes you like to play? Just one more question: Do you normally have time to play all the holes your would like? This is an ongoing debate in golf that I think has gone down the rabbit hole. Most of the previous discussions were nothing by white noise and I lost interest in what most ‘experts’ were saying. It reminded me of Charlie Brown’s teacher giving directions.
I do not mean to be harsh, but there is only one person who can decide what is the perfect number of holes for your game. And that is you! Some like to play 9 holes and others 18 or more. Yet, some find 13 are enough. All the answers are correct depending on the person. However, the majority of players think 18 holes is the perfect number.
Personally, I am an 18 hole if walking and 27 if riding in a cart. Of course I am open to more, but we are talking the perfect number. Of course I could get into the whole discussion about time versus holes, cost, blah, blah, blah. But that is a completely different conversation.
My question is focused on the point of diminishing joy as you play golf. There is a point in every persons game where playing hole after hole looses its luster. I know I experience it, but it is a moving target. There are some days when six holes is enough and others I want to play 36. The factors affecting this shifting point are countless and vary from person to person.
So, the short answer is: what ever number of golf holes suits you that day. I know we all have a favourite number, but sometimes that is just not possible. I recommend we all stop listening to the ‘experts’ about the perfect number of golf holes in a round and just play for the joy of playing.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!