Originally Posted by Grumpter
Just a generalization about shorter courses. Mostly courses that offer just 2 sets of regular mens tee's - usually blue & white. with white being shorter.
I have found most shorter courses, in my area, have 3 of the 4 par 3 tee's set at 195 to 215 range. My hate stems mostly from the fact that I can't seem to hit my 3 iron much past 190 anymore but also I find it hard to take that much off a 3 wood. Normal length courses don't seem to suffer the same 'problem'.
I could add a hybrid to the bag but I like the gaps between my clubs besides that one issue. I try to limit my rounds at the shorter courses which makes it even less likely that I will add a hybrid. Just an observation, YMMV.
1: Most players have a 5 wood or something, 3i to 3w is a big gap. And if you can't hit the 3 then it's more like 4/5 iron to 3w gap, over 60 yards. How is that the greenskeeper's fault?
2: If you can't hit your long irons well, or are too short to hit something comfortable, move up. Your 5 iron should be in the 160-170 range I assume? You shouldn't generally play over 6,000 yards (rule of thumb is 5i distance x 36), which puts you in white tee range.
3: Look at the scorecard beforehand; usually if there are a lot of 200+ par 3s, it's likely you're in for a grind and should move up. It's not like the yardages are a surprise.
4: I am one of the few players, apparently, who actually like using all his clubs. Hitting the long irons is a challenge I like to take on, and I love hitting a 200+y shot onto a green. 150y par 3s are 9 irons for me all day and it's boring as hell. And if there's anything 230ish, I know I'm picking up a stroke against everyone else if I reach. No one says you're supposed to make birdie. As long as par is makeable, there's no reason to complain.
5: No one said you had to hit from the same set of tees every hole, if you're playing for fun just hit from the whites on par 3s or whatever. Your handicap calculation might not be accurate, but you won't complain about it any longer. Just submit all the rounds from "normal" courses.
I don't notice any problems with yardages at my local courses, usually they have the intention of par 3s you can hit with a 9i, 7i, and 5i of the typical distance for the tees, and one with a gimmick or that's the same as another. If you don't like the course, don't play there.