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DeLaveaga GC in Santa Cruz Introduces Short Rounds of 3, 6 and 12 Holes

Santa Cruz’ DeLaveaga GC Introducing Short Rounds of 3, 6 and 12 Holes

June 23, 2104


DeLaveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz is taking the Play 9 initiative a bit further in an effort to get time-constrained players back out playing.

DeLaveaga GC recently announced the addition of Short Rounds to its regular 9 and 18 hole offerings. The 3, 6 and 12 hole rounds have been introduced as a way to help grow the game in Santa Cruz County as well as to give those with less leisure time the ability to still tee it up. Six and 9 hole rounds can be booked through the golf shop while 3 and 12 hole rounds are based on availability.

“Because of the unique routing of DeLaveaga Golf Course we have the ability to offer these unique Short Rounds,” explained Head Golf Professional Tim Loustalot. “With everyone’s hectic summer schedule and the longer days, we felt this was a creative way to allow for players to still get their golf fix with much less of a time commitment.”

The 3 hole rounds include holes 7, 8 and 9 and cost $10.00. The $16.00, 6 hole rounds start on the first hole and finish on number 6 while the 12 hole rounds traverse the 7th through 18th holes and cost $27.00. The 3 and 12 hole rounds should ideally be played early or late in the day to assure availability.

“The Short Rounds are also great for juniors and beginners to the game,” continued Loustalot. “We have a two-tiered range featuring Power Tees and players can hit a bucket and then take that practice directly to the course and finish in a short period of time. It keeps interest in the game without having to play an entire 18 holes.”

DeLaveaga’s Short Rounds falls in with the USGA’s Play 9 initiative. July 23 has been designated as Play 9 Day.

“The USGA is working to make the game more accessible to anyone who wants to play, and nine-hole rounds are an important part of this,” said Rand Jerris, the USGA’s senior managing director of Public Services. “Nine-hole rounds can fit into anyone’s schedule. They’re a great way to expose young people to the game and a great way for families to spend time together.”

During the U.S. Opens, you may have caught the USGA’s video of Rickie Fowler plugging Play 9.

USGA – PLAY 9 FT. RICKIE FOWLER from Irving Harvey on Vimeo.

And if you’re wondering whether nine-hole scores are eligible to post for handicap purposes, the answer is an absolute yes. The USGA Handicap System™ easily integrates nine-hole scores and actually allows as few as seven holes to be played in order to post a nine-hole round (using Equitable Stroke Control). In fact, the system combines nine-hole scores as players post them, even if they are played from different tees or on different courses. In those cases, the sum of the USGA Course Rating for each nine is used, along with the average Slope Rating of the two nines.

For more information about DeLaveaga’s Short Hole Program, please contact Tim Loustalot at 831-423-7214, or visit the website at

-Jerry Stewart

Author: Jerry Stewart

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