Hole 1: This makes the water carry worth attempting but still gives significant advantage to throwing far. This tee has been universally appreciated for several years.
Hole 2: Over 75% of the players got a par. The only players that carded bogeys missed putts. A shorter tee will make this a risky birdie hole, like it is for the open side.
Hole 3: The women will be playing last year’s gold tee. The open division will have a new tee that makes hitting the gap a bit harder. This has the added bonus of letting us make fun of Dave Feldberg for hitting his ace from the women’s tee.
Hole 6: The blue tee will allow the women to have a chance of getting inside Circle 2 on their drive. In Round 3, only one player even got to Circle 2. Additionally, only one player carded a par. Rather than raise par, we are adding a gorgeous risky tee shot which lets the women play for birdie.
Hole 7: 1 in 5 carded par. 4 in 5 carded bogey or worse. With very little danger, the women will be able to lay into this 275 foot uphill shot and get a look at a birdie on this protected pin.
Hole 8: A forced water carry of over 300′ is too much, but looking at the statistics, hole 8 plays very easy. We will be contemplating moving the women’s tee from the Whites to the Blues.
Hole 10: This is a tweener hole. We are putting in a new gold tee. It feels like it would be just a touch long for the women, especially as a par 3, so we want to give them a shot at this hole. After the event, we will review to determine if the Gold tee at a higher par is a better solution.
Hole 11: We are changing this 800′ hole to a 650′ hole, which will give the women a similar opportunity for the birdie 3. Last year no women carded the birdie. It’s time to let the big distance give an advantage by making this hole getable.
Hole 14: Another forced water carry, but closer to 350′. The blue tee pad makes the shot a possible challenge.
Hole 17: The gold course requires a 450′ shot to clear the pines. While the white to gold layout does not get the scoring variation that we would like, it is currently the best option.
Hole 18: 650′ uphill to an island green forces all women to layup their second shot rather than going for the island green. The women will tee from the White tees, giving the majority of the field an opportunity to go for the island green.
A proud event of the Disc Golf Pro Tour, held at Maple Hill, 132 Marshall St., Leicester, MA 01524.