Wow, did I hear that right, 72 holes measuring 7,833 yards? This week’s World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club might just be the longest course played in PGA Tour history (even factoring in the higher altitude that is over 7,600 yards). Imagine you are playing your local municipal or daily fee course from the regular men’s tee. Chances are you will be playing a course around 6500 yards, which if you do the math is a difference of about 60 yards per hole. To totally appreciate the difference, if you have been used to hitting 7-irons into par 3s and par 4s, now you would be hitting your 5 wood or very low lofted hybrids into these very same holes. I don’t know about you, but that is going to be a long day.
The moral of the story is it pays to be long. When you are not, play from the appropriate set of tees.
I think the longest course I remember playing was Bear Slide Golf Course in Indianapolis. It measured a little over 7000 yards from the tips. Fortunately it was hot and dry conditions so it didn’t play quite as long, plus I had one of those amazing days and posted the same score as I would on my substantially shorter home course.
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