The PGA and the USGA are really making a big push to make the game more enjoyable for the average player.
From July 5 through 17, they are promoting Tee It Forward so that golfers may use tees that are aligned with their average driving distance. In other words it is much more fun to hit a 7 or 8 iron to a par four on your second shot than to pull out a hybrid or five wood.
I know I moved up to the senior tees when that happened.
The PGA and USGA have recommended the 18-hole yardage for your driving distance.
They are as follows: Driver distance 100 yards – play a course of 2,100-2,300 length; driver distance 125 yards, play 2,800-3,000; drive 150 yards, play 3,500-3,700 yards; drive 175 yards, play 4,400-4,600 yards; drive 200 yards, play 5,200-5,400 yards; drive 225 yards, play 5,800-6,000; drive 250 yards, play 6,200-6,400 yards and drive 275 yards, play 6,700-6,900 yard courses.
The 18-hole distances of the courses in Madison County are as follows.
Madison Country Club: Ladies tees — 4,756, white tees — 5,096 yards.
Berea Country Club: Gold tees 5,066, white tees —6,104 yards.
Battlefield: Red tees — 4,745, white – 5,522.
The Bull: Red tees — 5,615, the white – 6,006.
BGAD: Red tees — 4,794 and white tees 6,155 yards.
Gibson Bay: Red tees — 4,869 and white tees — 6,002 yards.
Arlington: Red tees — 5,142 and white tees — 6,193.
I play quite often with Wilson Bond, Morris Rozen and Jimmy Hackworth. Our ages total 349 years.
We enjoy the game a lot more when we play the red tees and can par one more often.
That is what it is all about, having more fun playing golf.
Old Mother Nature hit us again
This past holiday weekend, the golf courses in Madison County took another financial beating from the weather.
The three nine-hole courses in Madison County had a drop of income from $600 to a $1,000 from a normal weekend. I am quite sure the 18-hole courses took double that loss in income.
Tom Giacchini at The Bull said “I feel like we got sucker punched” and that is what ol’ Mother Nature did to them.
Gary Vanderoef at Battlefield said they got more than 10 inches of rain in those three days.
The Estill County Country Club took the worst licking as their invitational tournament was canceled.