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Changing Course

Designing a layout that offers short hitters a manageable yardage and eliminates forced carries is the most obvious way to make a golf course attractive to women. The 4,280-yard (3913 metres) forward tees at the Old Macdonald course at the highly acclaimed Bandon Dunes in Oregon are called the Royal Blues and represent a revolution in the way tees are constructed.

The brainchild of consultants Arthur Little and Jann Leeming, the Royal Blues are USGA-rated, were conceptualized during the design phase and have a respectable place on the scorecard. Old Macdonald opened in June 2010, and the tees were such a success that the resort added Royal Blues to its other three courses by September. β€œIt gives all of our guests another option. We strive to grow the game, and these tees will have a positive effect,” says Jeff Simonds, head professional at Bandon Dunes.
— Golf Digest
  View from the back of the Royal Blue Tees on hole #5, Pacific Dunes, Bandon, USA.  Photo: Arthur Little

View from the back of the Royal Blue Tees on hole #5, Pacific Dunes, Bandon, USA.  Photo: Arthur Little