And that's where I am - 38 inches but 23 of loft in a 5i - with today's high launching clubs, most can go lower in loft. Just waiting for my 5i to get back from the clubmaker - I could not take a 50g shaft - putting a matching 75g shaft like my other irons.
I don't have a "club" per se, but I guess I would call Mill Creek my "home course" since I've played there more than anywhere else. Wow #1, 36 holes of Donald Ross designed golf. Wow #2, they just built a beautiful practice facility. Wow #3, they've assembled a terrific greenkeeping crew that has the course, especially the greens, in the best shape I've seen. Wow #4, there are plans afoot to spend a ton of money on the course in the very near future.
Which speaks to WUTiger's comments about his course. Mill Creek just spent over a quarter of a million dollars to re-do the greenside bunkers on the South 18.
All this does come with a few negatives. Mill Creek has kind of been "discovered", and it is CROWDED! It has become a golf factory. There are now people playing there who have no business on that course, it is far too hard for them. Being in demand has caused rates to go up. However, I'm a resident so I do get a little break.
I've been advocating something like this for years. Of course I'm not pretending that I invented the concept, but it seems so obvious.
While juniors are a concern, I think it's even more important for older women. Women still tend to take up the game later in life, and are golf's best hope of growing (much like the NFL has capitalized on female fan interest). My mother is an avid golfer, but she's in her 70s, and is less than five feet tall. She just can't hit the ball far. So she loves those junior tees in the fairway down in Myrtle Beach. She pretends that she's "cheating" but she clearly enjoys her round more when she can hit two solid shots on a Par 4 on be on a green, as opposed to 80 yards out. Plus, senior men really lose their distance around age 70. Many senior tees simply aren't short enough. And many courses have lazily built their gold tees five yards behind the red tees, making the men feel like goobers as they can still far outdrive their wives.
More of this! I fully advocate this.