Picking the Right Tees


Sometimes one of the biggest challenges facing a golfer is the selection of the proper tee markers from which he will play. Most North Myrtle Beach golf courses have at least three sets of tee markers from which a player can play: back (championship), middle and forward (ladies and seniors).

Generally, when a North Myrtle Beach golf course has exactly three tee markers male golf professionals and other highly skilled male golfers play from the back tees. Middle- to high- handicap men, female golf professionals and other highly skilled female golfers play from the middle tees. Middle- to high-handicap women, seniors and beginners play from the forward tees.

Discrepancies appear, however, when there are more than three tee markers at a North Myrtle Beach course. This is often the case with nicer golf courses, such as those found at resorts and golf tour stops. In these cases, selecting a proper set of tee markers proves to be more difficult. Eagle Nest Golf Club has four sets of tee markers.

Most often, golfers play from tee markers that are too far back for their game. As a result their scores tend to be higher. If a player is unable to hit the green of a par-3 hole on his tee shot, a par-4 hole in two shots or a par-5 hole in three shots, then he is playing too far back. Often, this is not a good enough measuring stick for determining which tees from which one should play.

This can be remedied by a comparison to the average distances from which the three major tours play. PGA Tour players play from an average course distance of around 7,100 yards. The LPGA Tour plays from course distances ranging from 6,100 to 6,500 yards. The Champions Tour plays from a distance ranging from 6,400 to 6,800 yards.

First of all beginners should always play from the farthest forward tees. Plus, scratch, and low-handicap golfers should be able to play from the farthest back tees, mimicking the distances found on the PGA Tour. Low-handicap women and seniors, on the other hand should play from the tees that are around 250-500 yards shorter than those played on by the LPGA Tour and Champions Tour, respectively. Middle-handicap golfers should play from the tees that are 500-1,000 yards shorter in distance than the tour that represents their age or gender. High-handicappers should do the same, except they should play from a yardage 1,000-1,500 yards shorter than the pros.

Weather can also affect the distances of ball flight, as the ball does not compress as much in colder weather. However, many golf courses will adjust the tees to compensate for this in the late autumn and winter months. Knowing what tee markers to play from can make a huge difference in a golfer’s score.