By Davi-Ellen Chabner
Why would I – a 65-year-old woman, a 23-handicap golfer – now be hitting from the blue tees (aka the back tees) – aka the men’s tees? Why not stick with the red tees, the women’s tees, a safer (and my designated) spot?
Since I started playing golf more than 30 years ago and experienced the thrill of hitting a long drive, this symbol of paternalism in sports has bothered me.
There is no standard when it comes to the distances between forward and back tees so some courses may offer a player hitting from the forward tees a substantial break – or merely a few yards. I resented the designation of “ladies tees” because it implies that women need this advantage because ANY woman could not hit as far as ANY man.
Most women don’t see the designation as a put-down,