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Gender neutral tees

  • 03-11-2021 5:35am
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    Registered Users Posts: 378 ✭✭ spuddy4711


    UK club(s?) introducing this, will it catch on here ? Idea is to allow players choose which tee position to use, depending on their ability, with those generally needing over 100 shots being encouraged to use the forward tees. WHS system would need some tweaking though.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,684 ✭✭✭✭ Mushy


    Would be the best idea, the idea of a ladies tee should be gone.

    Would the whs need changing? Isn't there a slope per tee?



  • Registered Users Posts: 306 ✭✭ srfc d16


    Not sure about other clubs but my own club do not have a mens slope on red tees



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    WHS doesn't need tweaking for this. All it requires is that all tees be rated for both men and women. In practice this would not be necessary unless the course has a limited number of tee options, generally it would probably require that only one of the current 'men's' tees be rated for women.

    In the case of our course, we have four sets of tees. The two furthest back are over 6,400 and 7,000 yards long respectively, so they would be unlikely to be played off by women (LPGA tor LET tour events maybe). That leaves the forward tees at about 6,000 yards and the reds. Currently waiting to get those forward tees rated for women, so as to provide another option.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,329 ✭✭✭ Ivefoundgod


    Would be great to see this come into the game but I suspect there are far too many male golfers who would point blank refuse to play off the reds. What I don't get is how its perfectly normal to go play a prestige course and be advised by the starter what tees should be used based on your handicap yet its unheard of in most courses for anything like that for visitors, societies or even members. Many senior players would likely be delighted with the extra yardage afforded off the tee from the reds and it would also greatly help with pace of play. I'm sure we've all played with players who struggle to get to the fairway on some holes which makes for a real struggle for them and their playing partners. This would help with that I think but where it would remain a problem is for comps. Would you allow say a 30+ handicapper play off forward tees while a tee handicapper plays off the tips? Or would you just categorise comps so that each category would play off the same tees?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,684 ✭✭✭✭ Mushy


    Didn't even realise there was different slope ratings for men and women. Seve there covered what I'd think of it



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,951 ✭✭✭ spacecoyote


    Yeah, just noticed there in Golf Ireland, only red tees have ladies ratings, and gents for other 3 tees.

    Would definitely need a re-rating for mens, as its at a par 74 for the ladies, and the slope is actually higher than the mens medal tees. Would make for some interesting scoring



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    There'd be very little point in rating red tees for men. As you say, they are often different pars and it could cause major confusion. But definitely a case for rating another set of tees for women. Assuming it doesn't end up with different pars as well. There are criteria for assessing this, so probably worth looking into on that basis to see if it's actually feasible.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,482 ✭✭✭ willabur


    high handicappers are already running amok with club competitions, if this was not done correctly then it would make comps a complete shambles altogether.

    outside of that it makes complete sense - especially for beginners and for whatever reason age/ability short hitters



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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,951 ✭✭✭ spacecoyote


    It doesn't seem to work that way Seve.

    In my place the blue tees have a slope of 129 for men. From the reds, there is a slope of 132 for ladies.

    Thats a par 72, 6700 yard course versus a par 74 5700 yard course

    Based on that you would need to have different slopes for the same tees for men and women.

    Even off the yellows, which is he closest to the red tees, the slope is listed at 120 and its about 6200 yards.

    I don't see how a universal rating can be derived? They would have to reslope the reds to be much lower or all the other 3 tee boxes to be much higher?



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    Yeah. Different slope and course ratings, but also likely different pars. In theory it's possible, but in practice it would mean the scorecard would probably need to add a few more columns. So you do what's practicable and likely to be of use even if there are more options available.



  • Registered Users Posts: 16,509 ✭✭✭✭ breezy1985


    Skiing has colour ratings for difficulty and cycling will often include many different distances into a single sportive so I don't see the problem with golf choosing a difficulty level.

    Except for a section of golf fans who can't even get over the idea of people wearing sports gear to play a sport and only see golf as a respectable version of a gentleman's club



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    Because they are different. Slope ratings and even pars are calculated using different tables for men and women. Here's the par tables from the current rules of handicapping and below that an extract from the course and slope rating adjustment tables from the same set of rules.




  • Registered Users Posts: 16,509 ✭✭✭✭ breezy1985


    People could just have 2 handicaps. Letting men tee off the red would encourage more people to get involved with golf but I get the feeling that is the problem for some golf fans.

    Can't have the riff raff invading the place



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    People can't have two handicaps. The system (and it's a highly complex one) just can't allow for it. In any event, the system does allow for any tees to be played by anyone with a handicap adjusted for the course and slope rating of those tees. If a club wanted their red tees rated for men, they could ask the rating section of Golf Ireland to do it for them. But at the moment, they are incredibly busy; I'm waiting almost a year for an extra set of tees to be rated for women.

    Nothing to do with riff raff or whatever chip you have on your shoulder currently, we're just into a new system and the process of rating tees was done on a current use basis to get the system up and running quickly. If there's a demand for further ratings to be done, it can be. But as the tables I posted above show, it may not be just ratings, pars might change as well.



  • Registered Users Posts: 16,509 ✭✭✭✭ breezy1985


    Why can't people have 2 handicaps. One based off the harder and one off the easier. Yes it might take time to implement but you could have a handicap from a full course and one from the shorter course.

    Also as you say yourself further ratings can be done but you add the caveat of "if there's a demand" but if demand is discouraged or people don't know that there is a need or way to enact this demand then it will never happen. You are essentially saying people need to vote for something but not telling them how to vote



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    Maybe if you understood how the WHS works, you wouldn't be asking the same question over and over despite actually getting the answer every time. Tees are rated. Each rating is taken into account when calculating your handicap for those tees. So you can play off 12 on one set of tees, 13 off a longer set and 10 off a shorter one. In essence you can have multiple handicaps, not just two. You just have one handicap index that can change when you put in a score.

    I didn't say demand is discouraged, this is a straw man argument. I didn't even say it wasn't possible. What I said was that it could prove more difficult than just rating the tees. There's also the issue of changing pars. This would impose a lot of cost on golf clubs to redesign scorecards, tee markers, signage and other infrastructure when this happens.

    You have yet to even give a good reason for rating red tees for men. What's the point when most courses usually have three sets of tees for men? The bigger issue is the limited number of tees for women, usually just one set.



  • Registered Users Posts: 16,509 ✭✭✭✭ breezy1985


    Well if there are multiple men's tees then it's even easier. Just have 4 tees and let people pick any one instead of men picking from 3 and women 1



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    You haven't answered my question. Why rate red tees for men when they already have three sets of tees on average?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,509 ✭✭✭✭ breezy1985


    Why not ?

    If the tees are gender neutral then the men don't have 3 everyone has 4. What is the harm of men playing off red or women playing off the men's tees. Who does it hurt



  • Registered Users Posts: 14,790 ✭✭✭✭ Seve OB


    You are missing the point.

    I know they are different. But there is no reason why they should be different as it is a handicapped sport.



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    If you want to change something that's going to cost clubs money and time, there should be a better reason than "because you can".

    And everyone doesn't have four. As I pointed out above, the two back sets of tees on our course would be impossible for women to play from at the same par as men. The back tees would convert at least seven par 4s to par 5s and one of the par 5s to a par 6. It would change the par of the course for women from par 72 to at least par 80. I haven't even looked at the par 3s, but I suspect at least one would change to a par 4. And it's not actually playable as a par 4 since there's no landing area within driving distance for women. More expense.

    And that's leaving out the fact that the length of the back tees is longer (by a substantial margin) than courses played on the professional tours.

    Edit: Conversely rating the reds for men would change all the par 5s to par 4s and two of the par 4s to par 3s. Par 72 becomes par 66.



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    And my point was that it's not just the handicaps and ratings. As I said above, pars would change as well. To the point that it would become ludicrous.



  • Registered Users Posts: 16,509 ✭✭✭✭ breezy1985


    Well if the women want to try play the "impossible" tees they should be allowed. Is a man who is useless at golf allowed play them ?

    And it's not "because you can" it's "because you should" and it doesn't have to happen right away of course it will take time but it's not the massive obstacle you make out.



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    They can play them any time they want. There's nothing stopping them standing up on the back tees and playing a round of golf.

    And "because you should" is just another version of "because you can" when you don't give a single cogent reason as to why clubs should have to engage in a very expensive exercise.

    I haven't even touched on the difficulty of indexing a par 80+ golf course.



  • Registered Users Posts: 14,790 ✭✭✭✭ Seve OB



    You are still missing the point.

    par 5 should be a par 5 for everyone not a par 5 for men and a par 6 for ladies.

    the handicap takes care of the difference.

    Eg. there are plenty of par 4’s in golf that countless men have no chance of getting on in 2 and on the flip side, heaps of par 5’s that loads of lads would be getting on in 2. so what happens here? Well the shorter hitters generally get more shots and the longer lads have fewer shots.


    Sorry, fecking new boards can’t fix the quotes



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    I feel you on the quotes system. It's a retrograde step.

    I understand what you''re saying, but you have to allow for the fact that women on average do not hit the ball as far as men on average. That's a fact all the way up to and including tour pros. And it's part of the rules of golf and handicapping that this is not only accepted but also quantifiable. And has been for many years.

    Now if you're saying that the handicapping system should take care of this, well it can. But you'd have to expand the handicap ranges for women to take account of that change. And also accept that par for women will in actual fact be bogey or worse.



  • Registered Users Posts: 16,509 ✭✭✭✭ breezy1985


    What currently happens for a man who plays the harder tee but is useless and always hits bogey or worse ?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    He throws his clubs in the river.

    What's your point here? This has already been covered. The handicapping system is designed to rate tees by gender and ability. All the criteria are set out in the rules of handicapping. Including the criteria for designating the par for each hole. Which I've explained to you already above.



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