Forward Tees

Forward Tees, a suggestion to consider

If the Lady golfers or other golfers at your golf facility want to Tee it Forward  but you do not have another set of Tees for them to use consider this set of Forward Tees, frequently called the Orange Tees or the Green Tees.  These have been tried by other courses and have proven to be nicely suited for golfers whose drives go 125 yards to 160 yards.  Once you have determined your layout you can compute the Rating/Slope of the Forward Tees using USGA Handicapping Manual Rule 5-2g.

Par 3 holes           85      95      120    125    yards.

Par 4 holes           205    215    220    225    235    240    245    250    255    260 yards.

Par 5 holes           335    355    370    385    yards.

Total yardage      4,220 yards.

The golfer with a drive of 160 yards will have the chance to reach each green in regulation quite comfortably.  The Par 4 holes may require second shots of 45 yards to 100 yards.  The Par 5 holes may require third shots of 35 yards to 85 yards.  But these golfers will not be able to drive any Par 4 green and will not reach any Par 5 green in 2 shots.

The golfer with a drive of 135 yards (which is typical of most senior ladies) will be able to reach each green in regulation with good shots.  They will be able to reach the Par 3 holes without using their driver.  The Par 4 holes may require second shots of 70 yards to 125 yards and they will have the chance to use quite a variety of clubs on the other holes.  The Par 5 holes will require a good drive and a good fairway wood to reach about 260 yards leaving third shots of 75 yards to 125 yards.  All holes are reachable in regulation with good shots by golfers with a typical drive of 135 yards.

The golfer with a drive of 125 yards will be able to reach about 14 greens in regulation.  They will not be able to reach the longer Par 4 holes or the longer Par 5 holes.  These distances are not perfect for these golfers but they are much better than existing Tees.  If they can just add 10 yards to their typical drive they will be able to reach each green in regulation.

Or if your golf facility will not install the Forward Tees you can do as my wife and I do.  We create our own scorecard (spreadsheet) and insert the yardages listed above.  We then go to the course and with our GPS we find where the Forward Tees should be and she tees up there.  We use Rule 5-2g of the USGA Handicapping Manual to calculate the Rating/Slope of those Tees.  With a little trial and error we can normally find some  good locations for the Forward Tees on most courses.

These yardages are not what most Ladies have been trained to expect.  They will actually have the chance to reach every green in regulation.  All they have to do is pick the right club, make a perfect swing, hit the ball in the right direction the right distance and they have a chance to make that Birdie putt.  Sounds way too easy and once in a great while it will actually happen that way and guess who will be having a “great day of golf”.

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One Response to Forward Tees

  1. Kathleen Hughes says:

    Must all courses have Tee it forward?

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