Saturday, May 18, 2019

Tee it forward...

Next week, staff from the USGA will be out at Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club in order to rate our golf course for difficulty and playability.  This is done periodically as players, courses, equipment, and the game in general evolves over time.  We have had no major design changes since the last rating was completed.  Therefore, we would probably see only minor changes to the Course Rating, Slope Rating, and the handicap number on certain holes.

During the process, the USGA staff will also rate a potential set of "forward" tees.  So today we placed a "beta test" of these tee markers on the par 4's and par 5's.  At the moment, they simply look like an unpainted version of one of our RTJ I or RTJ II markers. 

The tees were placed at yardages recommended by the USGA during last season's course consulting visit.  These types of tees go by a variety of names: family tees, beginner tees, irons only tees, short course, etc.  While I am not crazy about any of these names, I love that the primary goal here is to increase the variety the golf course has to offer for a variety of player ability levels by laying out a course with an overall distance around 4,200 yards. 

Whether you have played the game for years but the swing is starting to slow down, or have a child in the junior golf program whose swing is just starting to speed up, or are somewhere in between.  We think this teeing option will be a lot of fun for a lot of players.

Potential new "forward" tee location on the 18th hole.
Tee it forward and have some fun playing Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club from a new angle. 

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