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