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Family Course Yardages
The Driver Carry Distance Formula
Years of study, validated by Trackman® measurements of all levels of players, show that there is a direct correlation between the distance a player can hit their driver (carry) and the other clubs in their bag. From Tour players to the avid club players, the percentages are remarkably consistent. The chart below illustrates the relationship between the distance of every club to the player’s driver distance.
Example 9-hole Yardage with a 2-5-2 Course Setup
Below is an example of a typical 9-hole layout offering two par 3s, five par 4s, and two par 5s. It shows the corresponding yardages of how each hole would play based on the Longleaf Tee System. This example would test virtually every club in the bag while preserving the integrity of the design. Even more, this layout provides more fun and scoring opportunities for players while allowing for faster play for everyone.
Scaling the Course for Success
Scaling a course means providing a fair and enjoyable test for every player on every hole. The most common misconception is that tee placements should allow for players to hit from similar distances after a drive. In fact, proper scaling means players will have similar tests on their approach shots, meaning a hole's design that calls for a driver/7-iron for the most skilled players will also call for a driver/7-iron for the beginners and less-skilled amateurs.
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