Report Moving Up a Tee Box - Do You Play Better or Worse? in Golf Talk November 20, 2020 · Edited November 20, 2020 by dagolfer18 I’ve moved up in team practices (the only time I played at least nine holes was my freshman year, and I shot 46 from the red tees on the back nine), but never in my own rounds. For reference, my home course has four sets of tees, blue (~6450), white (~6050), gold (~5500) and red (~5000). I play probably 95% of my rounds from the white tees, but I will occasionally move back to the blues. Honestly, from the gold tees (a tee up from the whites), it only makes a huge difference in the shots I’m hitting on a few holes. Here are the three major differences. No. 7: 140 from the white tees, you can run it through a narrow gap and onto the green. The gold tees are about 130, but considerably right of the whites, which means you just about have to hit it over the front bunker. No. 9: Par 5, 445 from whites, 380 from golds. There’s a huge bunker at the corner of the dogleg left that takes about 230 to carry from the whites, which I can only do with my top drives (average goes between 225 and 240 total). I can probably carry it from the golds. No. 18: A daunting all-carry par three over a lake. Almost 160 from the whites, which is usually between a 5- and 7-iron for me. Those aren’t my best clubs either, which makes it more challenging. Moving to the golds makes the hole a mere 100 yards, a wedge. I’m much more confident with a wedge than a mid iron. A solid round for me from the whites is about 90. If I moved up to the golds, I think I might drop to like 88, but that’s about it. I’ll try it soon and report back to this topic.