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Why cant clubs and courses have tees of varying lengths that anyone can choose what tee they play from?

To be clear I don't mean for comps or medals but in social games why does a lady HAVE to play from ladies tees, gents from gents etc?

I've played with lady members who are far superior players to a lot of the guys I play with so maybe that lady wants to play the hole at it's full length then the closer tee on a par5 or whatever, guys can also do this.

So all courses already have different tee lengths so it's an easy change and might make games more enjoyable for most overall.

Just a thought. Can't see an issue with it apart from the rare occasion a newby or struggling player wants to play of the championship tees and holds everyone up.

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I’ve played a few courses that allow youths and beginners tee off at the 200 yard makers or 150 markers.We even had a local rule that anyone over 80 could tee off from the beginning of the fairways.The secret is enjoying the game how you want it.Tee off from where it is playable 

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Next year I’ll be playing from the right length tees recommended for hickory.

Anywhere between 5,000 - 6,500.

IDGAF what anyone says or thinks about me. I am not going to play from the back and have terrible rounds. Having 3 woods into par 4’s doesn’t sound fun at all.




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41 minutes ago, perseveringgolfer said:

Why cant clubs and courses have tees of varying lengths that anyone can choose what tee they play from?

They do..... back, middle and front. Also senior's and women's tees. Maybe I just don't understand what you're getting at?

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7 minutes ago, silver & black said:

They do..... back, middle and front. Also senior's and women's tees. Maybe I just don't understand what you're getting at?

I think he’s asking why can’t we move to a different tee box during a round. Like say most of the par 4s are reach able in 2 good shots for me but then the par 3s are way too far back why can’t I just move up a tee or 2 for those specific holes

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I think he’s asking why can’t we move to a different tee box during a round. Like say most of the par 4s are reach able in 2 good shots for me but then the par 3s are way too far back why can’t I just move up a tee or 2 for those specific holes

That makes more sense.  In response to that I don't think anyone cares what tee you play from except perhaps the group you're playing with.  Certainly the golf courses do not - at least the ones I've played.  The exception being folks who have no business playing from tee lengths that are beyond their capability - and for sure when it starts slowing course play.

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I don't see an issue. My course we have 5 tees and and you can play whatever tees you'd like.

We've had women play with us from the white 6200 and men play the 5600 gold

Guys I play with are all for everybody playing whatever tees they like. Even moving a round during the round.

In the same round. I've played black, blue, white and Gold. Just to get different looks.


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I don’t hit the ball long enough to enjoy golf from the Championship tees but there are holes which I do enjoy the longer challenge. Unless I’m inconveniencing others I bounce around based on the hole distance and layout.

My golf group does a Red, White and Blue challenge monthly. The 6 hardest holes by handicap we play from the Red. Handicap holes 7 thru 12 we play from the white. Handicap holes 13 thru 18 we play from the blues.


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This is really the heart of the problem of the lengthy rounds of golf. For the last 25-30 years the goal of equipment companies have been focused almost entirely of distance gains. The problem with added distance is unless a shot is perfectly down the target line each yard added in distance is going to add more distance right or left. Now add in a 45.5” driver that most amateurs can’t hit straight and we have people playing tee boxes much too long for their skill level.

The entire reason metal woods were invented was for durability, not distance gains. Only once manufacturers started working with titanium did the heads of clubs grow, which led to longer drives; which led to longer courses; which led to 20 caps playing the tips because once a round they hit that driver square and put one out there 280 in the middle. The rest of the time they are in the trees.

I actually find it kind of funny that amateurs make so many decisions on their equipment or game based on what pros play or do. A 10 handicap is as far from a tour pro as a rec league hockey player is from the NHL, yet those 10 caps think they can play a 7000 yard course successfully.


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In reading the OP and some of the following comments, I'm not 100% sure I understand the question. You eliminated competitive rounds and tournaments in the OP, but then someone asked about switching tees mid-round.

I will answer this based on posting a round for handicap. If you are scoring a round and posting for handicap, you need to stay at the same tees for the entire round. Well, you can play one set of tees on the front nine, and then switch to another set of tees for the back nine, and still be able to post for handicap that way. But honestly, if you are coming from this from the perspective of why can't a man play the front tees, or the senior tees even if they are 30 years old or whatever, well, it doesn't matter, as long as you are playing the same tees the entire round, if posting for handicap. You just need the slope and course rating from whatever tee markers you chose when starting the round.

I do know some clubs that offer split tees with course and ratings for their members. The most common occurence I've seen of this is where they split the regular and senior tees, depending on the hole, so that the old guys don't feel old and they are playing the regular tees for half of the round. It's a pride thing for some of them I guess or maybe they still feel like playing the regular tees, but can't hit it far enough on some of the longer par 4s and par 5s.

But if someone wants to go out for fun, and play the ladies tees for a few holes, and then play the tips on a couple of other holes and not post for handicap, do whatever you want, because no one will care either way.

Side note - I did play a round with a few college students last weekend, and I had a feeling they were not the best of golfers, and were just out to beat balls. I was playing from the tips, and I made it clear to them to keep playing those front tees, no matter what I did. I mostly didn't want to take them out of their comfort zone, as the round was already long enough with them hitting from the front tees. Ah the joys of muni golf life.

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I don't see an issue. My course we have 5 tees and and you can play whatever tees you'd like.

We've had women play with us from the white 6200 and men play the 5600 gold

Guys I play with are all for everybody playing whatever tees they like. Even moving a round during the round.

In the same round. I've played black, blue, white and Gold. Just to get different looks.


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This exactly. Heck, I've seen a lot of courses completely do away with having red colored tee markers in order to eliminate the stigma of up tees being for ladies.
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I would expect that handicap recording would be the only problem with choosing the tee that you like hole by hole.

In my circle of recidivist scoundrels, that little consideration wouldn't deter anybody from turning in attested cards.

We're having fun, not performing neurosurgery.

 

 

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I would expect that handicap recording would be the only problem with choosing the tee that you like hole by hole.
In my circle of recidivist scoundrels, that little consideration wouldn't deter anybody from turning in attested cards.
We're having fun, not performing neurosurgery.
 
 
But slope and ratings are different for each tee. Shouldn't make a difference
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14 minutes ago, jlukes said:
18 minutes ago, NiftyNiblick said:
I would expect that handicap recording would be the only problem with choosing the tee that you like hole by hole.
In my circle of recidivist scoundrels, that little consideration wouldn't deter anybody from turning in attested cards.
We're having fun, not performing neurosurgery.
 
 

But slope and ratings are different for each tee. Shouldn't make a difference

If the computer can figure out what you did, that's really great.

I didn't know that.  Cool.

Sadly, I didn't have the probity and rectitude to worry about it, either!

Even at my very best, when I briefly carried a 7 and change index,

and most of the time it was only a little higher in the eights,

I was just a guy having fun more than a serious player.

You have to play with seriously competitive players to be one,

and I just played with my crew.

And my crew was pretty much what you're probably picturing right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Simply because there are not enough good and or mature players out there. I’m not talking about how long someone has played the game maturity but golf mentality maturity.   I’d say most male golfers wants to play from the tip of every holes regardless of their abilities that’s why there are campaign like “Tee it forward”. Ever notice some courses that put the red, white, and blue tees less than 5 yards from each other and people still tee off from the blue tees. 

 

As as far as the equipments goes, the similarities are pretty much only the brand and model numbers printed on the clubs, loft and length are definitely not the same. 

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A popular thing for men walking our course is to play the whites but hit from gold(senior) on 4 or 5 holes, because the white tee was a bigger uphill walk. Also because the whites are longer than many blues elsewhere.  Anyway for this seasons scorecards, the club added the white/gold as an official option, and marked which gold tees to hit, and gave it a slope and rating.  It is still longer and higher rated than most whites.  :)

 

I'm 44, 19hc and I play the full gold.  If I ever shoot 79 I'll bump back to the whites.  :) play whatever tee you're comfortable on :)

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This exactly. Heck, I've seen a lot of courses completely do away with having red colored tee markers in order to eliminate the stigma of up tees being for ladies.

We've thought about that (doing away with red) as we have many 80 plus seniors that play from there snd give it no thought.

As one of them told me a while back when talking about thst. “I’m 83 years old, i may only hit the ball 150 yards off the tee. But by god, I’m healthy enough to do this several days a week, can still see well enough to follow my ball. And i couldn’t give a bleep what someone says about me playing the red tees. I tell them playing the Red markers sure as hell beats, laying under any color marker”.

I just said. Here here. And i hope im half as healthy and energetic when im 83!!

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So in California we are, let’s say , progressive [emoji849], about 10 years ago all clubs stopped labeling men’s and ladies tees and just went straight to the colors. Blue, white, red, gold is typical. On top of that most courses have a set of combo tees. These generally consist of the par 3’s and par 5’s playing the longer tee and all the rest the the shorter of the set.


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