First nine holes of an 18-hole golf course
He always has trouble on the outward nine but finds his swing around the turn.
|Inward nine||Last nine holes of an 18-hole golf course|
|Front nine||First nine holes of an 18-hole golf course|
|The turn||Halfway point of a round of golf|
|Back nine||Last nine holes of an 18-hole golf course|
|Par||Number of strokes to complete a golf course hole|
|Birdie||One stroke under par|
|Eagle||Two strokes under par|
Outward nine refers to holes 1 through 9 of an 18-hole golf course. It is followed by the "inward nine," which refers to holes 10 through 18.
18-hole golf courses are commonly divided into two halves by design as the first nine lead outward from the clubhouse and the "back nine" lead inward to the clubhouses. If you are only playing on a 9-hole golf course the outward nine phrase would not be used.