I found myself in a conversation with another golfer the other day about which set of tees “amateur” golfers should play. And it hit us that the whole “Tee It Forward” idea is a great one, but how can you choose a set of tees objectively when they are named “Championship”, “Mens”, “Seniors”, “Ladies”, etc. That is so completely meaningless. How many guys under 65 do you know that would allow themselves to play “Seniors” tees? Or even worse, “Ladies”? Even though their distance profile would indicate that’s where they should be.
And why should a solid lady golfer who can hit tee shots 230-260 be moved up to the “Ladies” tees that might not measure 5200 yards or so? She won’t be challenged.
And I’m only 3-1/2 years from 65, but I find our regular “Mens” tees my preferred challenge, but like to go to the back tees often as well. I certainly don’t want to turn our country club into a driver/wedge course from the “Seniors” tees.
To this argument my friend suggested that the tees be marked by handicap. But to that I replied that there are a dozen or more golfers at our club alone who are longer than me, but can’t stay within ten strokes of my scores.
So it came to me that maybe the best idea is that the tees that will give you the most enjoyment could be “coded” by your distance profile, and drop all the sexist designations. After all, there are laws against discrimination by age or sex, right?
What if we launched a movement to code the tees by your distance profile? Each course’s scorecard could offer a guide to “How to get the most enjoyment out of your round at “Rolling Hills”. Then it could offer this: “Select the right set of tees to match your distance profile”
Your five iron distance Your Tees
185 or more Black
Under 135 ???
Something like this should go hand in hand with the “Tee It Forward” initiative.
What do you guys think? Would you move up a set of tees . . . or back . . . if the names were different?
Please sound off on this one and we’ll send our entire list of comments to the USGA and anyone else who will listen.