Rant for fanatical golfers only
Royal Co Down has an unusual system of matching the golfing geography of the championship course to the purported ability of the golfer. This is apparently to avoid slow play and prevent premature death by cardiac failure.(And to keep the course clear of most females?) The Green Fees are-by the way-£110 on weekdays and £125 on Sundays-Saturday and Wednesday members only.
This is how the system works:
"From the start of the 2004 season in May the following options will be available:
White tees – length 6740 yards. A competition course available to individual matches where all male players are single figure handicaps.*
Yellow men’s tee of the day. Varying between 6300 and 6500 yards suitable for proficient golfers who can carry** the ball 175 yards off the tee.
Red ladies tee. Generally playing the course at or around the measured course of 6190 yards, par 76.
* Blue championship tees – length 7065 yards, may be made available to individual matches of men with playing handicaps of 5 or better. This course presents some highly demanding tee shots. However in testing conditions this option may be withdrawn to ensure playability of the course.
It is hoped that these options will enhance the playing experience at Royal County Down. It should be noted that the Course Marshal has the authority to ask players to move to easier tees in the event that the group’s position on the course is not maintained."
(** carry as in hit in air, not as in pocket)
You will note that not even the best of women golfers are given the option of playing the course off the back tees. What would Tigress Woods make of that. Having seen this information for the first time it is clear that Huttonian and partner were off the wrong tees yesterday and then further stressed by being chased by irate hens as well. I am keeping out of trouble and off the course today for my own safety.