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Old 01-25-2023, 07:52 AM
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My experience played tournaments during the last few years in NJ is that age protected divisions get closer tees on shotgun starts (my group was on #2 a few weeks ago).

And playing age-protected is so much more pleasant. Sure, we're competing - but not with all that drama I found in MA2.
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Old 01-25-2023, 07:52 AM
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Same in NY. MP50 and MP60 play same layout as MPO. MA50 and MA 60 play same layout as MA1
It really depends on the course around here but for the most part you are more likely to see MA1 play the same thing as MPO than you are to see MP50 or MP60 play the same thing as MPO.

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Old 01-25-2023, 10:30 AM
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It really depends on the course around here but for the most part you are more likely to see MA1 play the same thing as MPO than you are to see MP50 or MP60 play the same thing as MPO.
I pick and choose my tournies for this reason. I can keep up, but the question I always pose to myself is do I really want to, lol.

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I play in North Carolina, Florida and Georgia. Probably half the events I play, we throw mostly short pads unless the
The course is what I will refer to as normal length.

When I drop down to AM50 down to open, I throw the same layout as everyone else.

I have had a few events where they should have shortened the course for the old guys and failed. It was painful to watch. Most of the field checked out half way through the round.

Now if the course only has one layout then everyone get the the same punishment. But it might be the places I play do this and not many other events see the need.

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As a semi old dude myself, I pick and choose my tournaments based off the length of the course. Anything under 6,000’ is okay with me and there are a few courses that I am familiar with in the 7,500’ range that I’m okay with. Anything longer than that and I probably won’t be interested in playing a competitive round.

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As a semi old dude myself, I pick and choose my tournaments based off the length of the course. Anything under 6,000’ is okay with me and there are a few courses that I am familiar with in the 7,500’ range that I’m okay with. Anything longer than that and I probably won’t be interested in playing a competitive round.
I do the same thing but based on hole length rather than course length. I would 1000 times rather play a 600 foot hole than a 400 foot one. No gambling for me at courses loaded with long open par 3's.

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I do the same thing but based on hole length rather than course length. I would 1000 times rather play a 600 foot hole than a 400 foot one. No gambling for me at courses loaded with long open par 3's.

I just find the overall length gives me a general idea of what to expect.

For instance, a 5,600’ course means I’ll be dealing with an average hole distance of 311’. Obviously some holes will be longer and some shorter than others but it gives me a general idea without having to see the length of each individual hole.

Those 450’ par threes are hard to score on for me but honestly there aren’t going to be many birdies on them in the divisions I play in anyways so a par isn’t losing me strokes against the field.

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I do the same thing but based on hole length rather than course length. I would 1000 times rather play a 600 foot hole than a 400 foot one. No gambling for me at courses loaded with long open par 3's.
The "best" course for your competition level is one where you and your cohorts have the power to reach every hole in regulation (1 shot>par 3, 2 shots>par 4, 3 shots>par 5) with the chance for birdie (especially relatively wide-open courses). Playing courses with several hole lengths longer than your range turns into the less-fun game of hanging on to avoid bogeys and watching the few in your age division with even just a little more distance rack up the prizes.

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