Here's the video about the man on the woman's tee:
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When we played Digby Pines Golf Course in Digby, Nova Scotia last year, I ran into some golf clubhouse decor featuring golf humor art prints. So I had to look up Charles Crombie and see what else he had to offer. It looks like a lot more of the same, featuring historic golf situations that are decidedly unfair. He has a talent for making golfers laugh. Click here to visit the Charles Crombie Webpage.
So my own little tale of trauma on the white tee occurred when I moved to Orlando. My husband hated that I would win when we played at first, so he suggested that I play from the white tees. I liked playing from the white tees after I got my five wood since I wanted to practice using it and it helped if I had longer holes to play where I would need it often. Also, we typically ended up in similar places if we played from close to the same holes since my husband is 16 years older and his drives don't travel very far any more.
Here's the video about the man on the woman's tee:
Is it sexist to have a woman's tee and a men's tee? Yes. But it corresponds more to typical drive distance and most golf courses encourage players to play from the tee that corresponds best to their typical driver distance. For me that is the red tee, for my senior husband that is the yellow tee. You can play from a longer distance tee box if your handicap is low or play is open enough to allow practice. Most people have a much more fun and less humorous experience when they play from the correct tee.
Well, for me it was easy because I had a husband who made all the arrangements for staying at the Barcelo Bravo Palace Deluxe Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic including all of our tee times online the internet (the link takes you to their webpage where you can arrange a room and a tee time). That was the first step.
The second step involved getting our golf clubs to the golf course. We took the resort train from the pick up stop at the end of our hotel building (the place is very large) but I think perhaps getting the golf cart first and picking the clubs up in the same spot would have been much easier.
The third step is checking in with the pro shop--lunch is available in the dining room right next door and since our first tee time was late in the afternoon, this mean lunch first was a great choice. The restaurant here has a dubious reputation for being really slow with some of the people we met, but for us it worked out fine. The restaurant didn't open until 12:30 so we had drinks first until they opened. Barcelo Bravo Palace Deluxe is an all inclusive so the beer (Presidente), Coca Cola light, hamburger, roast beef sandwich, and a dessert had we wanted it were provided without charge. The tee time cost us a charge for use of the golf cart. Had we played 5 times instead of three, the cost would have been less but as it was ended up at $40 per person.
Afterwards, we were able to store our golf clubs at the Lakes Golf Course.
The fourth step is choosing the appropriate tee. My husband thought the blue tee distance was about his pace for his first game, the next two were played at the more typical white tee. The reason is on a couple of holes over the water, the distance can be pretty long. My husband had a much happier, less stressful time on the white tees. For women, the red tees play within a usual handicap.
Other hints about playing the course involve the challenges. One of the hallmarks (see photo above) of the Lakes Course at Barcelo Bravo Palace Deluxe are the scenic golf shot lakes especially the number 9 and number 18 hole with their wood braced raised greens.
Play it with the exact right club (the holes play long when faced with wind) with a high arching chip shot.
Another is the hidden greens (see photo to the left). Place your approach shot so that a high, arching chip shot that lands and stops is your best bet.
Another hint is to stay in the center of the course, choose the right distance club to stay out of the lake with any additional roll.
A last warning is to stay out of the sand traps. Many are hidden. You get over one sand trap only to fall in the smaller one hidden behind.
The Barcelo Bravo Palace Deluxe golf course is in excellent condition. We played after heavy rain and found you had to punch the ball hard to get it in the hole on the green and we also had to walk (most of the course was closed via cart path only rules due to soggy turf). Two days later, the greens were fast and driving on the course was allowed. Rain drizzled and was a relief from heat, the heavy rains came at night. Be prepared with sun protection.
Note: WiFi from the Barcelo Bravo Palace Deluxe resort isn't available on the golf course.
When visitors arrive at Legends Golf Club in Clermont, Florida near to Orlando, the elaborate waterfalls framing the entry gate may seem intimidating, but after you're through with a game of golf, you'll understand that this golf club was well designed to create wonderful memories of challenging golf. Legends is open to the public and during the warm summer off-season they offer a $179 all the golf you can play card May 1- October 1 after 1pm, after 3pm get a $10 deal on cart. They have a deal on golf balls for use on the large outdoor driving range, too and a large putting green.
The clubhouse is reassuring to visitors since it is quite small and staff very friendly and helpful. The small pro shop stocks visors, socks, clothing, and the usual golf supplies and snacks. A meal with your golf ticket for $12 is available, I think to keep wait staff well up to the task of serving large groups. I had chicken tenders, my husband a club sandwich. Food was tasty and arrived quickly including refills on soft drinks and seconds on beer.
The tower advertising Legends Golf Course with the purple golfer is played on the back nine which is a bit tougher to play than the front nine. Legends Golf Course makes good use of the unusual for Florida hilly terrain.
Close up of the tower. Below, the Legends #14 par 3 hole can be tricky to play, hit long because the ball is likely to roll down hill (see golf photograph below).
This golf course is pretty favorable to women player's with the purple (normally red) tees playing an average of 108 for 5200 yards approximately.
Most tees have wide open fairways and usually you can avoid any but occasional trouble. The rough is pretty rough now due to all the rain--over 8 inches, bring extra golf balls. The course ends with several back to back uphill holes so make sure you have enough energy to get through this fun course.
We played the Country Club of Mount Dora in Mt. Dora, Florida last week. My husband informed me I should play the gold tees in order to play a full 5300 yards since the red tees were much shorter to play. Women typically play the red tees since the handicap for most course play is set up using the red tees. A person's handicap will usually determine which tees a person will play from.
Championship courses will often have five tees: black (for the men pros), blue (for the men with handicaps below 10), white (for most men), gold (for seniors and women with handicaps below 10), red (for women). Every person can choose which tees they play from--often choosing a longer course length can allow players to use their longer clubs more often, but they should do it when the course isn't crowded. The gold tees were sometimes placed with the men's tees, sometimes on their own and sometimes with the women's tees at Mount Dora.
My first hint that Mount Dora was going to be tricky to play when I found this interesting sand trap with a staircase down to the sand. I thought, no problem, with all that wide open fairway, I won't be dumb enough to get into this trap. Turns out I was far too greedy for safety. When I drove for the green, it neared the flag, then tumbled into the bottom of this trap on the right.
This hole at Mount Dora Country Club was supposed to be an easy par 4, but after your first shot, your second ball had to carry over this narrow neck, avoid the sand traps and manage to stay on the green.
Luckily for my sanity, they saved this green until near the end of the course. Yes, easy golf can take you past the lake, over the creek, over all the little sand traps and land near the flag and stay. On a par 5 hole no less than a little challenge will make every golfer please to play the Country Club of Mount Dora.
Sheri Fresonke Harper
Sheri loves to golf, travel and to write.
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