Today we are talking about the tournament format "Blind Nine" which is also sometimes referred to as Blind Hole. Blind Nine is a cousin to the tournament format we covered last week Various Pars.
Blind Nine tournaments are played as a scramble as covered in this Frogger Blogger post from October 2011, but with a twist. Only nine of the 18 holes will be counted toward the tournament scores. The players do not know which of the nine are counted when they tee off. The tournament organizers decide the holes typically after the groups have teed off and are on the course.
Variations on hole selections might mean choosing three par-3 holes, three par-4 holes and three par-5 holes.
Because the lower number of holes played can result in a bunching up of scores and the possibility of many tie scores, using player handicaps or a fraction of them, can help separate the scores.