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    Long Drive Contest: Debate

    Alright so I played in a charity golf scramble yesterday and I want to hear others opinions on the long drive subject matter.

    Who cares what the prize is, we all want to win the long drive contest. Myself included. I absolutely pelted my drive on the long drive hole yesterday and drive up to find I’m about 5 yards short of the sign (GPS said my drive was about 295 from the tee). Dang. That guy must’ve been a beast....

    Fast forward to the post-event and they announce the guy who won and hes clearly an older guy. He laughs as someone shouts from his group “he played from the senior tees!” There was some mumbling from the rest of the players as he got his prize (whatever it was). Checked the scorecard and the senior tees are about 40 yards in front of the regular tees for that particular hole!

    So my question to THP, should long drive contests be played from the same tee no matter your age? Does this bother anyone else? Should events make it more clear that long drive holes must be played from XYZ tees or am I totally wrong and its completely fair for seniors to play the long drive from their own tee? Or do I need to just get over it?




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    Probably should have had two LD prizes for that reason. Or, designate a tee box for that hole regardless of length for that reason. Lesson learned for next time, I guess?
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    It should probably be from a designated tee or at least have a prize for each age group. I used to care but I don't anymore charity scrambles are full of cheaters anyways, not worth it. Hope he enjoys his dozen golf balls haha
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    I would be embarrassed to win longest drive with a 295 yard poke

    Shouldn't count if it's not over 3-bills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MWard View Post
    Probably should have had two LD prizes for that reason. Or, designate a tee box for that hole regardless of length for that reason. Lesson learned for next time, I guess?
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    It should probably be from a designated tee or at least have a prize for each age group. I used to care but I don't anymore charity scrambles are full of cheaters anyways, not worth it. Hope he enjoys his dozen golf balls haha
    Yea I really don’t care about the prize. Frankly, I don’t even care who wins. Just bothered me for some reason that this guy wins cause he’s teeing off 40 yards ahead of everyone else. Is it really even the longest drive?


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    All the events I’ve seen or played in there is a designated hole and tee box to use for the prize.
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    I'm surprised they don't just use 1 set of tee boxes for an outing. I'd have to agree that LD should be from a designated tee box.
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    Should all hit from the same tees
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    It probably should be from the same tees just to make it fair but yeah, you should just get over it. Its a fun event, nothing to get worked up about.
    Personally, Ive always been of the mind that all of these contests at events are rigged anyways. Almost everyone cheats and no one in honest. I remember one time, I played in a work golf outing that had hole contests and the same couple won all of the prizes and they clearly only played golf about once or twice a year. When you duff your driver, shank your irons and 3-putt almost every hole; I find it hard to believe that you can win longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trmpt98 View Post
    I'm surprised they don't just use 1 set of tee boxes for an outing. I'd have to agree that LD should be from a designated tee box.
    Used to be that everyone played from the whites. But last couple years ones I've played have changed to blues and senior tees over 50. I'd rather everyone play from the whites than have seniors and blues. But it is supposed to be fun and not about winning.
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    Hole & tee box need to be designated before the round.
    That's on the organizers of the event.

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    Designated tees per long drive.

    Though seriously, it's a charity event....have fun?


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    Lately, the few events I've played have had LD holes for seniors (60+) and ladies, if any are in the event. If a tournament can get the prizes for the extra holes, that is the best way to do it.

    Several years ago, I played in a 2 person scramble where a young woman won the LD. There was all sorts of yelling about her benefiting from playing from the women's tees until the team playing along side said she played from the men's tee. The complainers still whined because she admitted that she competed in long drive contests. The next year, that tournament added a ladies LD hole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdtox View Post
    Used to be that everyone played from the whites. But last couple years ones I've played have changed to blues and senior tees over 50. I'd rather everyone play from the whites than have seniors and blues. But it is supposed to be fun and not about winning.
    I agree, all the outings I've been to in recent memory are all played from 1 set of tees, usually the white so it's the middle set of tees. Fun is always the name of the game! I'd rather win the hole in one contest instead of long drive, lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger_Golfer View Post
    It probably should be from the same tees just to make it fair but yeah, you should just get over it. Its a fun event, nothing to get worked up about.
    Personally, Ive always been of the mind that all of these contests at events are rigged anyways. Almost everyone cheats and no one in honest. I remember one time, I played in a work golf outing that had hole contests and the same couple won all of the prizes and they clearly only played golf about once or twice a year. When you duff your driver, shank your irons and 3-putt almost every hole; I find it hard to believe that you can win longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt.
    I'm amazed at how people pencil-whip a scorecard, or LD or closest to the pin sheet, for a $100 gift certificate.
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