Today I decided to go back to the course that is about 40 miles north of me. Last time I played there I played the tips (6850 yards, so not terribly long but long enough) and shot an 80 so I figured I would try them again. I pared the first 3 holes then Bogeyed the next. Got buried in a bunker on the 5th and long story short took an 8 on a par 3. Definitely played better as the round progressed but ended up shooting 89 (47-42). Anyways my score is not really the question I am asking (89 is probably not good enough to play the tips but with 3 doubles and a quintuple, par was my most common score).
We passed two groups today. On number ten I proceeded to sky my ball about 100 yards right straight into never land (still not completely sure where it went). I hit 3 off the tee. I put my drive in the fairway, hit a 7 iron to 100 yards, placed a gap wedge 3 feet from the pin, and tapped in for bogey (it was a par 5). On hole 12 ( 177 yard par 3) we caught up to another group. I hit a 5 iron off the tee. I proceeded to hit a low slicing ball that barely got off the ground that rolled up about 130 yards. I then chipped to 2 feet and sank the par putt.
If you would have only watched my first shot on these holes you would have though that there is not way that I should be playing the back tees. But the overall results of the hole were very good. I've seen many stories on here where people complain that "that golfer" was playing the tips but they didn't hit their drive past the woman's tee box. Well what if they hit their drive 100 yards, blast there next shot 200 yards, chip to 3 feet and make a par putt? Is score all that should matter when playing the back tee or should you have the ability to consistently make a good ball strike and other things like that (e.x. long drives, high GIR%)