As anyone who plays the game knows, a golf tournament can be won – or lost – by inches. One poor decision, such as misjudging the hole location or not knowing the distance to carry a greenside bunker, can cost a player valuable strokes.
Before hitting a shot, players use different tools to gather information – yardage books, distance-measuring devices, a caddie’s local knowledge. This year, competitors in events conducted by several Allied Golf Associations (AGAs) around the country are taking advantage of improved hole-location sheets that provide the exact geometry of greens and their surrounding hazards.
Replacing the sheets comprised of circles representing each green, the geometrically accurate greens and surrounds added to the competitive experience for players in the 2018 New Jersey State Golf Association (NJSGA) Amateur Championship in July at Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield, N.J. These guides replicate the sheets used by players in the U.S. Open and other major championships.
“Precise hole location is an important factor in every single approach shot,” said Chris Gotterup, who finished third. “I like the sheets that we have now because they show the picture of the green. That helps you visualize things more compared to just the basic hole sheet that leaves you guessing. This is much more precise.”