SIZE MATTERS October 13, 2005, 3:53 pm

by Tim Nugent, ASGCA
6,600 yds is more than enough course for all non-tour pros to have fun on. It's the individual holes, not the overall length that make the course. How many courses have short par 5's but have long (over 200 yd) par 3's to make up scorecard distance. I was just at an old (circa 1890's course and the owner wanted to get another couple of hundred yards on the scorecard because that's what the tourist's look at when booking play from out of town. Having no real room to expand, I suggested adding 10 or so yards to each tee where one could and making the back tee thin but wide to take advantage of the way one measures a course. It's still the same course for all intents and purposes but, now some people (yardage snobs) might play it and find a really neat old course they would of otherwise never played.

short courses are everywhere!! October 12, 2005, 11:23 am

by RonMon
Multiple tees make courses as short as they do long. It's the hubris of the average Joe that necessitates his playing the 7400 or 6800 yard tees. It's all about size, no matter which Joe we're discussing. So don't be so quick to blame the courses. It's not like Harding Park eliminated the member tees, or stimps the greens at 14 every day.


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