Here's Lee Trevino's take on the Tee it Forward initiative and courses being built that are over 7,000 yards
And what percentage of all the golfers would they represent? Less than one percent perhaps?
Lee is correct. Courses aren't built for everyday, average golfers. They're palaces to the scratch player. And cost a ton to maintain.
Beat me to it. Guys who need 7000 yds represent about the smallest fraction of golfers you can imagine.
Playing up a set of tees can definitely be more fun. One time I played from the "mens tees" instead of the back tees at my home course because well, that is where they had my flight playing from. I made 5 birdies that day. 4 of them were in a row. I had a lot of fun that day. Too bad I also made 5 bogeys on the day.
Many thanks to Trevino for being so candid. I doubt he's invited to design many courses because of his views that don't follow received wisdom.
And like someone said, courses that are shortish for the pros can be designed to be more difficult for them than the yardage might suggest (yet more forgiving for the high capper) - that would not be brain surgery for a good designer.
The game of golf is indeed in trouble in this country - time to do something about it. Golf is too expensive for many, and often takes too much time (often >5 hrs), partly because some courses are too long.
You can trick up a short track too. One of the old money, tight acreage courses here in South Africa hired Jack a few years ago to bring their layout back up to "tournament standard." With no way to add length, he settled for constructing green complexes so diabolical that the average member handicap at the club went out six shots in the year after it reopened. Guess what, he's back right now grading off a few tiers.
I still contend that lengthening is not the way to go for upping difficulty but narrowing instead. Fairways are too wide, too easy to get to the landing spots without much trouble, so on and so forth.
Use trees more(not only does it create difficulty on the course, its also asthetically pleasing and good for the environment) use slopes and mounding more(side slope, downhill, uphill).
I actually think that if more courses used closely mowed areas instead of so much rough...they would end up more difficult. shave banks into bunkers both fairway and greenside.