Please help me settle a discussion. My dad is 72yr old with a 15-16 index. He has been pressured by club members to back up a set of tees, primarily because he's won a few events.
There are 5 sets of tees and he used to play the 2nd set and now he's playing the middle tees. Of the 10 par 4s on the course he can only hit 5/10 in regulation and those that he can hit in regulation usually require driver hybrid.
I tell him he's nuts and should move back up. It's my opinion you should be able to hit every green in regulation if you are playing the correct tees. I take it further to suggest you should average driver 7i, thus some holes are driver wedge yet others might be driver 3 wood but at the end of the day you've averaged 7i out.
Am I nuts to think this? Is there an article in print that suggests how you should choose a tee? Thanks in advance.
The tees one chooses should be determined by how long the player hits the ball, not by score. The members who are pressuring your father are just jealous because he beats them. If your dad was playing to scratch from the senior tees, it would be different, but he's still essentially a bogey golfer. If he is allowed to play from those tees in the events then I see nothing wrong with him playing there. After all, the course rating and slope should adjust for the different tees. The average club used will still be determined by the layout of the course, but I agree that holes should be reachable in regulation, and on a well designed course, you should usually use every club during a round.
Glad you think so. My home course at Foothills has just one par 4, the 440 yard 12th (434 from the middle tees where I play), that stretches that long, but only on my very best drives when I was a lot younger was I ever able to play a 7I on my second shot. I usually do well to reach the 200 yard marker.
The 18th is 430 yards, but it's a sharp dogleg, so if you can carry the bunkered mound in the corner of the dogleg without running through the fairway into the lake, it doesn't play to its full length. Foothills is 6923 yards from the back tees, but it plays slightly longer because a couple of the holes are almost a mandatory layup off the tee.
Edited by Fourputt - 5/30/14 at 9:19am