The lower the latitude, the better the attirude.
- Apr 26, 2018
- Reaction score
- Oxford, MS
The tips at my course are 7035 on the card. It's a par 72, 73.3/125. It is not a difficult or long course for an elite golfer. A touring pro would shred it. The most he would have into a par 5 might be a 5W on one of them, the rest he would probably have no more than 5 or 6i and perhaps as little as 9i. There are only 2 par 4s over 450. Dude would likely have no more than sand wedge in hand on the rest of the 4s. The par 3s are a bit of a challenge at 239, 204, 198 and 180.I’ve no doubt that a PGA Tour pro would shoot in the 50s at my course.
To play devils advocate, longer isn't always harder either. My home course is right around 6000 yards and I've struggled quite a bit this season. I played my best round of the year this past weekend at 6700 yards.I always thought about what a "Pro" would do at my local growing up. But over the years, it occurred to me that they may not do as well as I thought. Sure, it's "only" 6100 (or whatever) yards. But if they come out there not knowing anything about the place, they'll have the same problems us Regular Joe's will face. Don't hit it there, it's not as wide as it looks, false front there, greens like shag carpets in a potato field, concrete traps, etc...
A few years ago I paired up with some visiting golfers in town for the US Open in 2018. they wanted to play from the "gold" tees which are one up from the Normal Whites. A few holes it isn't much difference, but several are well ahead- especially the Par 5's. So I joined them just to avoid the "I'll go then move up to you guys" , etc... At the end of the day, I shot pretty much what I normally would. Because Driver would put me in places I knew not to go so I had to back off with a 3W or Driving Iron to get an angle or yardage. Sure, 2 par 5's I had 9 Irons in since they were 90* doglegs and cutting the corner was a LOT easier. But I still had to execute those shots. Shorter isn't always easier.