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Old 07-26-2014, 12:38 PM
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What do beginners value most on tees- distance or par?

I would like to get a poll going but am not sure how to do this? I want feedback from beginner players or try to think back when you knew very little about the game.

My question involves a course that has two tees for most holes. The shorter tees are red level tees while the longer tees are blue level tees. In addition, we have 9 gold baskets that stay set long year around. The course is a blue level course that offers 14 shorter red tees and 9 long gold giving a mix for players of all skill.

So what is most important info for a beginner on the tee sign, the distance or par? The reason i ask is because we will not have separate tee signs at the red level tee and trying to get all the info on the tee signs can make them look cluttered. I want to have a grid that shows pins placements on the left hand side and just distances from the longer blue level tees. Now i know that many folks may say well just add, however with nice hole graphics that are expected on quality tee signs, adding RED tee distances will likely clutter it up.


REC ADV PRO
A. 300 3 3 3
B. 360 3 3 3
C. 505 4 4 3

Or maybe if my sign guy works his magic it could look like this but i still wonder if this will be too much info

REC ADV PRO
A. 175 3 A.300 3 3
B. 225 3 B. 360 3 3
C. 400 4 C. 505 4 3

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Old 07-26-2014, 12:45 PM
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I was out yesterday with a bunch of first timers (work outing), and all they kept asking about was par. I convinced them that everything is a 3 (very short course), but I found it odd that par was such a big deal.
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Old 07-26-2014, 01:20 PM
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Par is far more important for the first timer. He (or she) is coming in with golf knowledge. And in golf, par means something. Birdies and bogeys means something.

Distance is important, and should obviously be displayed as well. But make sure that your expected par in known.
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Old 07-26-2014, 01:43 PM
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Distance is something that can be objectively measured with a ruler. Everyone's opinions on par seem to be all over the place. I'd suspect after awhile once they get basic skills honed, a number of new players are just going to start using the all Par 3 mentality anyway.
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Old 07-26-2014, 01:44 PM
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Par, it helps them compare themselves to the course and other players.
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Old 07-26-2014, 02:09 PM
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Beginners get hung up on par at first. But there are ways to help them see beyond par. In our league at Flaherty Park we look purely at player averages and compare nightly rounds with your last three scores in a rolling average. So it's kind of interesting, it gets the newbs (and everyone else for that matter) to focus on their overall score against the course rather than comparing themselves to players that have been playing seriously for years. It makes them want to beat their average and get better which to me, is what is important.

The only thing I use par for is a easy way add up scores.

Assuming I do it correctly.
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Old 07-26-2014, 03:27 PM
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distance is a more important component of a tee sign than par in disc golf.
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Old 07-26-2014, 03:32 PM
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distance is a more important component of a tee sign than par in disc golf.
Overall. But not for a beginner who doesn't know how far he can throw yet.
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Old 07-26-2014, 03:35 PM
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to properly break their spirit, go with "Par 3, ONLY 250 feet"
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Old 07-26-2014, 03:50 PM
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Distance. For the same reason BigSky said par. Distance means a LOT in golf. Generally, people have a club for every 10yd increment.

Also, the satisfaction of parking a par 3 is far less than parking a 300' hole. Even if they're the same hole.
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