SIZE MATTERS For Most Female Swingers Shorter is Sweeter

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SIZE MATTERS For Most Female Swingers Shorter is Sweeter

Having just watched the pros at The Masters slug their Titleists about 300 yards, I think it’s time for a reality check. According to statistics, the average female can drive her ball about 140 yards. So, in order to hit greens in regulation and make some pars and birdies, the ideal length would be about 4200 yards. Sadly, most courses are too long for most women to enjoy (men too, but that’s another story).

I’m not alone in my “shorter is sweeter” crusade. The National Women’s Golf Alliance’s criteria for creating a female-friendly experience includes multiple sets of tees, including at least one under 5000 yards; a good selection of ladies merchandise in the pro shop; and women-specific learning and playing experiences.

I am happy to report that the following resorts get an almost-perfect female-friendly scorecard.

Don’t worry if you’re playing with heavy hitters. These tracts all have multiple tees to suit handicappers high and low.

Troon North, Scottsdale, AZ

Troon North’s Monument and Pinnacle courses, by architect Tom Weiskopf, consistently rank in Arizona’s top five. Stunning vistas of Pinnacle Rock, arroyos, horned lizards and other critters will spice up your round on both tracts.

For a quickie, consider the Monument Express. Daily after 3:30 p.m. adults pay just $50 and kids (under 15 playing with an adult) play free on a specially created nine-hole executive course measuring 1578 yards. Cart is included and each junior receives a complimentary set of Callaway rental clubs.

The nearby Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale offers guests free shuttle service to Troon North and weekly complimentary margarita tastings by the pool.

Nicklaus North, Whistler, BC

Golf Digest magazine named Whistler the number one golf destination in Canada. Nicklaus North, designed by the Golden Bear himself, meanders alongside glacier-fed Green Lake. Nicklaus deliberately designed it to be fun, with roomy fairways and greens. However, there are over 50 bunkers and water on 15 holes to be avoided.

Where else can you saber a bottle of Champagne or don a Canada Goose parka and sample exotic vodkas from around the globe in a room carved out of ice? Whistler Village’s Bearfoot Bistro never ceases to please.

Deerhurst Highlands, Huntsville, ON

Deerhurst Highlands maintains bragging rights as the granddaddy of Muskoka’s high-end, championship courses. From the first elevated tee overlooking Fairy Lake, the par-72 track takes full advantage of the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield. It’s like stepping into a Group of Seven painting. You should also take a swing at Deerhurst’s shorter Lakeside course, a par-64 meandering around Peninsula Lake.

When the sun goes down the curtain rises at Decades, Deerhurst’s musical revue where Shania Twain was discovered.

Le Manoir Richelieu, Charlevoix, QC

The baronial Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu resort, set high on a cliff overlooking the St. Lawrence, boasts 27 roller coaster fairways. Tee it up from the elevated tees on the newest nine, Saint-Laurent, and let gravity do the work as your ball plummets to a green jutting into La Malbaie.

Architect Darrell Huxham deserves raves, not only for the giddying ride along the Saint-Laurent but also for his brilliant refurbishment of the existing tighter Richelieu and Tadoussac tracks where your aim will determine your score.

Feeling lucky? The Charlevoix Casino is two minutes away.

Cabot Links, Cape Breton, NS

Up until 2012, if you wanted to play a links course you had to fly to the British Isles or to Oregon’s Bandon Dunes. Now Canada boasts its own true links course in Inverness.

The par-70 gem, designed by Albertan Rod Whitman, offers views of the sea from every hole. Unless you have a medical condition, you have to walk the course. And what a joy that is, especially around numbers ten and eleven that play around MacIsaac’s Pond where lobster boats bob in the harbour. Numbers 12 to 16 play right along the beach. With luck you’ll spot dolphins or whales while practicing your bumps and runs.

The award-winning seafood chowder served at Cabot’s Panorama Restaurant deserves raves. True to Cape Breton’s Scottish roots, you’re never far from some lively jigs or a Ceilidh (Celtic for gathering which translates to kitchen party).

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