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And, since I'm also not a big fan of most Par 5s, the best marketing for this average golfer would be something like a 6850 yard Par 70 course -- on which I'd play my majority of rounds from the blue tees at 6500 or so.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts, pro or con 7000 yards.
I can't find yardage on the website, just that it is a "short course". I know it is under 6000 yards from playing there. Ashworth sold his brand to Taylor Made, and he now has a new clothing brand. Goathill seems to be a fun laboratory of golf+clothing for him, and it seems to be working very well.
From the perspective of the average golfer, I think 7,000 yards on the card is a fairly reliable indicator that the course will be good enough (at least from the retail golfer's perspective). We on GCA would argue that they are looking at the wrong things, but from the average golfer's opinion of what makes a good course, looking for 7,000 on the card is probably a rational thing to do. There will probably be enough bunkers and water hazards to please their hearts.I have no evidence that courses that hit 7,000 are better on average, but I can't think of too many bad ones. I fully agree that this number is arbitrary and 6,600 - 6,800 is great for a back tee. But people love round numbers and the tour has made 7,000 a mental "anchor" for yardages. That number will be as tough to overcome as it is meaningless.