I have just read the article regarding forward tees in your October issue. While I do understand the theory that is now listed by the SAGU – I must tell you that I totally disagree.
When I retired during 2002 – it gave me the opportunity of playing more golf. It was around this time that the forward T’s were introduced. (perhaps late 90’s) No one in the group that I played with (pensioners) would play off these forward / blue marker T’s, as it was for the “OLD’ ballies. Now that I am into my 70’s and suffer from arthritis, knee replacements and other sport injuries that niggle from playing rugby, hockey, squash etc. I enjoy playing off the forward T’s, playing a number of shots that vary from the upper eighties to mid 90 nineties per an 18 hole round – I would probably be up in the hundreds off club tees. If we now look at people like Gary Player / Greg Norman / Rory Sabbatini – they are no match for he youngers players e.g. Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Jordon Spieth, in terms of distance and strength.
I have written to both Justin and Paul at handicaps.co.za / to no avail they are sticking to their guns regarding the adjustments to handicaps in terms of the forward tees. The fact is that as you grow older you cannot perform like you did as at a younger age. (They even make blue pills to enhance elderly matrimonial activity as you endeavour to enjoy bedroom activities – without penalty?) Why do the ladies have there own T box – because they don’t have the same strength as males.
They are not penalised because of their forward advantage when playing a mixed game. I sincerely believe that the forward/ blue tees should be restricted to the older generation. So we can enjoy our game without penalty. I am sure that the SAGU can draw up the necessary criteria. e.g. Anyone with a single figure handicap should play off the club markers irrespective of age etc.? Those that are now a bit long in the tooth ( 70 and over ?) should be allowed to play off the senior / forward / blue markers without the penalty of the differential between forward and club tee boxes