English golf club introduces "gender neutral" tees

Hartford Golf Club Tee Markers

An English golf club has made international headlines after announcing that it will no longer distinguish tees on its course based on gender.  

In a post on social media, Hartford Golf Club said that it has ended the tradition of men and women teeing off from explicitly different places. Moving forward, it will instead invite players to select which boxes they tee off from based on their ability.

Officials at the Cheshire-based club hope that this move will help attract more people – and women, in particular – to take up the sport.

• Top coach blasts tour's new putting policy

• PGL keen to strike deal with PGA Tour

“We’re just trying to be quite progressive,” said Paul Cunningham, Hartford retail manager and the person responsible for running their social media accounts. “We want to push the game forward.

“Golf is changing, and I think for the better. We’re trying to get rid of a lot of those traditional, outdated rules.”

A post on the club’s website added: “We are a progressive and modern golf club and we have moved away from gender-specific tees. We now have five different colour tees to play from and we want you to be happy to play from whichever tees will allow you to enjoy your game the most.

“We believe that sometimes playing from shorter tees, especially in the winter, could allow many of our golfers to enjoy their games even more.”

• Venue confirmed for 2022 Genesis Scottish Open

• R&A submit new planning application for Lethamhill

Predictably, the move has divided opinion. One Twitter user congratulated the club on its decision, saying: Play to your ability not to the colour of the tee. The game becomes more enjoyable and repeatable.”

Some, however, have rejected the idea and accused the club of virtue signalling.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
Old vs New Tech | How big are the gains going to be?
Titleist
play button
How to play Texas Scramble
Texas Scramble
play button
Which Callaway golf ball is right for me?
Callaway
play button
How to play Bingo Bango Bongo
Bingo Bango Bongo
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

"I wanted to spank him" admits Koepka after beating Bryson
New COVID variant forces DP World Tour schedule change
Joburg Open hit by withdrawals amid COVID "mutation"
Two people injured after PIGS invade golf course
UK government "exploring potential" of bringing 2031 Ryder Cup to England

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Stand closer to the ball
Watch
play button
Open up your left foot to get through the ball
Watch
play button
Swing through the ball to hit a fade
Callaway
play button
How to improve your ball flight
Callaway
See all videos right arrow