Rant: The term ‘Ladies Tees’ needs to be immediately removed from your vocabulary if you work in the golf industry. There is no such thing! In today’s world, while we are trying to grow the game of golf and increase it’s enjoyment, the NEW term is ‘forward tees’. And everyone can play from them.
The whole concept of golf and having 14 clubs, is that you get to use every club in your bag and have a realistic chance of reaching every green in regulation. This is not the PGA Tour where 500 yard Par 4’s are becoming the norm. We want every player to have a realistic putt for birdie on every hole, not a birdie shot from a 100 yards away on a Par 4. Golf is, and should always be, fun for the masses regardless of age or ability. Choose a tee based on your average driving distance.
This winter as you are putting your golf course to bed, review your signage. If you have any signs that indicate ‘Ladies Tee’ or ‘Women’s Tee’ or even ‘Senior’s Tee’ remove and dispose of them immediately and plan to replace them with the words “Forward Tee”. As a guy who used to play golf courses at 6,800 to 7,000 yards I now realize how much more I enjoy the game from about 6,200 yards (diminished skills aside), it’s become fun again. Play the tee that makes it fun for you.
Remove the stigma and get rid of ‘Ladies Tee’ signs, hell go a step further and make your back tee (that few people play) red and your forward tee black.
Let’s shake up the golf industry, like a really good martini 😉
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I am so in agreement with your comments. The red tees are novice tees. I have seen male players playing from the whites or the Blues and holding everybody up behind them because they do not know how to play golf and associate red tees with women’s tees (and anyways what’s wrong with being a woman). There is this sexist association with the red tees as being”women’s” tees. That is not the case the red tees are the novice teas and should be played as such. If anyone is shooting over 100 then they should be playing from the red tees. men should throw their egos out the window especially if they are learning how to play golf. We all have to start from the beginning and that’s what the red tees are for. Enjoy your game of golf! It’s a fantastic sport!