Traditionally, golfers have used red tees for ladies, yellow/white tees for men. However, with an ageing membership, the need to recruit and retain new golfers, and to promote social golf, CONGU says that it’s about time we ensure that all golfers, regardless of gender, have the opportunity to play the course which suits them best.
Ageing golfers and beginners may find themselves unable to make the carries, or find the length of the course too challenging, leading to a loss of interest in the game. Likewise, social golfers, partners and family members may prefer to play from the same tees. The introduction of gender neutral tees allows golfers to play the course which best suits their ability and preference.
Over 30 courses in England are now rating their tees for both men and women. Trentham Park has abandoned the tee colours traditionally associated with the game and now has black, blue and green courses, as well as a composite blue/green course, each rated for both genders.
Some have gone a step further with play in competitions seeing players use the tee that matches their handicap. CONGU has issued guidance on how this works in practice.