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Reversing the Nines at Interlachen

Posted Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 01:45 pm GMT -6 in Golf

When I heard that Interlachen was reversing the nines for the U.S. Women’s Open, I contacted head professional Jock Olson to get his take on this.

“Essentially, in both events (Solheim, U.S. Women’s Open) we reversed the nines because it made more sense logistically. With spectators entering and exiting at Meadowbrook Golf Course it just works better for that to be the back nine. Plus, our #9 hole makes a much better finishing hole. It is our signature hole, it is where Bobby Jones hit the famous Lily Pad shot and we can get many more spectators around this green.”

The nines were not reversed for the 1930 Open, but I asked Jock if there has been any consideration by the members to permanently switch. “I don’t believe there has been any serious consideration about us making this a permanent change. It works out well to have the first tee right outside the golf shop window. I think for this reason, I prefer to have it stay the same.”

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Originally published by DK on June 18, 2008 at 1:45 pm

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