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Old 02-19-2015, 12:18 PM
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Combination Tees?

I will be pitching a course upgrade to the local park authority in the coming months and am in the "thinking it through" stage. We want to add tees to the course. On some holes, we want to add easier tees, on some longer and more difficult tees. Basically, I think we want to add some white and some gold level tees to a course that is, on average, blue level. With each hole having two tees, I was thinking about using combination tees to provide three levels of play over the course. So some holes would have combination blue/white tees and some gold/blue tees. The idea is that the existing layout can be played as blue level, but with the more difficult holes made easier for white level and the more easy holes made more challenging for gold level.

Has anyone done this? Is it okay, or something to be avoided?

My idea is to stain the concrete tee boxes to indicate level with combination boxes having two colors separated by a diagonal line between opposite corners. To make coloring easier, we would probably have white as the intermediate level so that any combination teebox would be half white.
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:27 PM
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No problem doing it. However, if you're going to the effort to label the tees with certain colors, make sure to confirm they are appropriate from a scoring standpoint for that level.
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:27 PM
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The Oaks in Mokena IL does something similar, and I haven't seen it cause any more issues than any other course with multiple tees. They have red, white and blue tees, and there are some holes where red and white share a pad, some where white and blue share, and some where there is only one tee for all three layouts.
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:31 PM
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Lincoln Park in Springfield, IL does something like this.

http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course.php?id=234&mode=hi

Some of the longer and more dynamic holes have a separate tee for each color. Some have a red tee and a white-blue tee. Some of the shortest holes have one tee for all three colors.
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:45 PM
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Just thinking about the mix:

Don't rule out some gold/white tees, with white getting a higher par. Just don't do it on the long holes. Nobody wants to get a 6, even if par is 7.

You say the course is blue "on average", so maybe some of the new long and short tees should be the blue tees.
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Just thinking about the mix:

Don't rule out some gold/white tees, with white getting a higher par. Just don't do it on the long holes. Nobody wants to get a 6, even if par is 7.

You say the course is blue "on average", so maybe some of the new long and short tees should be the blue tees.
Do you have any specific examples of where this is done well?
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My idea is to stain the concrete tee boxes to indicate level with combination boxes having two colors separated by a diagonal line between opposite corners. To make coloring easier, we would probably have white as the intermediate level so that any combination teebox would be half white.
I've seen teepads designed like this, but they simply painted the corners of the tee. About a 1' triangle on the front corners, so that the blue tee has two blue corners on front, the blue/white tee has one blue corner, one white corner. Easier than staining the entire tee, more durable, won't affect grippiness, and easier to change if you need to.

Of course, you could just indicate the skill level(s) on the tee signs.
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Old 02-20-2015, 09:08 AM
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I've seen teepads designed like this, but they simply painted the corners of the tee. About a 1' triangle on the front corners, so that the blue tee has two blue corners on front, the blue/white tee has one blue corner, one white corner. Easier than staining the entire tee, more durable, won't affect grippiness, and easier to change if you need to.

Of course, you could just indicate the skill level(s) on the tee signs.
That does seem a lot easier. Additional tee signs will probably have to wait due to budgeting.
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