In the past, I talked about selecting the right distance to play using the course and slope ratings. They are important factors to choosing which tees to play as well as the distance of the golf course. After some reading, I think that distance is often overlooked when selecting a course to play. At my home course of Osprey Links, I generally play the whites at 6000 yards and play the tips at 6400 yards from time to time. I find that the extra 400 yards doe not really affect my game except I am hitting a longer iron into the green. So, I would say that my distance for comfortably playing a golf course ranges from 6000 to 6500 yards.
As I sent out a question on Twitter (below), I was hoping to receive some advice on what distances other players like to play. I was not sure what to expect, but I received a response from Keith. He provided a table that will provide a good foundation for selecting the right course for your game:
Using the table, the course distance at Osprey Links, from the whites, is in the long column. But, that does not really fit my game. I average about 240 – 250 yards off the tee, but the distances for 275 yards off the tee are more akin to how I feel my course distances should play out. Of course, this is where course and slope ratings will play a factor. Regardless, the table does help put things into perspective for players who do not have an idea which golf course distance would fit their game. That, of course, will drive what tees to play. Playing the right tees would definitely enhance your enjoyment on the links.
What is your favourite distance to play?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!