Bring Your Course's Scorecard And Find Out How Short Your New Forward Tees Really Should Be
WHAT: THE USGA'S LARRY GILHULY TELLS YOU WHY YOUR FORWARD TEES NEED TO BE EVEN SHORTER
WHERE: VICTORIA GOLF CLUB
WHEN: NEXT MONDAY, MAY 13th FROM 8AM TO 11AM
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: CLUB MANAGERS, CLUB BOARD MEMBERS, PGA PROFESSIONALS, GREENS COMMITTEE MEMBERS & INTERESTED GOLFERS
If you are really interested in offering a set of tees that will let women and senior senior-players have a great experience then you must attend Larry Gilhuly's talk next Monday at Victoria GC.
The reality is the average female player has a swing speed of about 60 miles per hour and averages about 140 yards with her driver, 120 yards with her 3-wood and about 60 yards with her wedge. Males' swing speeds may be faster but many senior male golfers are also seeing their distances decline significantly.
The fact is that from most current forward tees, which are in the neighbourhood of 5,200 yards, players with slower swing speeds have no chance of hitting greens in regulation on most holes. To make the courses playable, on average, a course's forward tees need to be moved forward, about 1,000 yards to meet these golfers' requirements.
Choosing to shorten the course is the easy part, the key is actually figuring out where to make your course shorter in order to maximize the experience.
This is where Larry can help. He has software where he can input your current scorecard and calculate which should be shortened by how much so that a player is using every club in their bag and having a great time
“Properly placed forward tees give all players a good experience,” says Gilhuly. “Think about it, if you started a business from scratch and wanted to be successful, would you say 'let’s make sure in our model here that half of the population tries it once and quits.' I don’t think that is what you do. You try and encompass everybody. This is not just for female players. It is for everybody.”
He has already completed the process for University Golf Club in Vancouver and in the attached jpeg you can see the "before" and "after" for a women player's club usage when playing a 5200-yard course vs. a 4200-yard course.
Larry will also discuss how you can put these tees in with very little cost and even less impact.
This is a "must-attend" if you are interested in attracting and keeping golfers at your club.