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It's the driving distance. At the tips you narrowed the field to Thompson, Lincicome, Klatten, Sjodin, and Ciganda. That's a 267 yd cut off with the top end at 274.5 yds. Wie is not in the group - she only averaged 255 last season. I almost didn't include Ciganda. There are too many long shots. You can end up with a 590 yd par 5. That's a long hole. If you're only hitting a 230 yd drive, you're hitting a 3W and then a 5 or 6 iron into the green depending upon how far you hit your 3W. As good as the player is, that's a long shot to depend on for a GIR, so most likely a scramble in this situation. This hole, however, becomes a par 6 unless it is shortened to 574 yds. The other thing people overlook is that from the tippy tips even some of our local muni courses become entirely different courses and it isn't just the distance. That first hole tee shot doesn't look the same because the approach to the fairway is now quite a bit narrower and that draw most of you play around the dogleg from the whites becomes a cut so they land in the middle of the fairway instead of in the trees - there's a big tree blocking that push draw now. Then that relatively easy 7 iron shot on the par 3 third hole becomes a 220 yd shot that has to clear to front bunkers, and the tee isn't elevated. There are trees on the right, and usually a left to right cross wind but don't be fooled into playing it, because it dies about 3/4 the way to the hole and if you're short you're in the left bunker. Now for women, this hole becomes a very short par 4 unless they move the tees up to 210 yds. If they're accurate that group at the top can hit the green if they want to play aggressive. I think this is what Erik is getting at.
If I was limited to just one course for the rest of my golfing life, it would be Spyglass at Pebble Beach. I love playing that course. That would be Heaven for me. While we are at it, Hell would be that Rockwood course near Ft Worth
Yeah there should be buckets of water out on the course fro towel wetting. It's a better idea than putting your clubs in the bed of your pickup, forgetting they are there and driving through a car wash. Been there, and done that. I also carry a spray bottle in my bag, which works well with my "magic eraser" which is what I clean my clubs with.