Oglebay has added new forward tees, or green tees, to the Jones and Palmer Courses at the Speidel Golf Club. Rico Coville, Director of Golf for the Wheeling Park Commission, said the new green tees are placed in a friendly, shorter yardage area to allow families and others to have an enjoyable golfing experience on our two championship courses.
“The forward tees level the playing field and give golfers the opportunity to play from distances that are properly aligned with their abilities,” said Coville. “Playing from forward tees should result in fewer overall shots, shorter distance traveled on each hole, and potentially, fewer lost balls.”
The new forward tees at Oglebay are part of a national initiative proposed by the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association called “TEE IT FORWARD.” Jack Nicklaus, who shares the record with Walter Hagen for most PGA Championship titles with five and also shares the U.S. Open record with four victories, is a proponent of TEE IT FORWARD.
“I love the game of golf but I will be the first to tell you that there are things about our game we need to improve,” Nicklaus said. “Now The PGA of America and the USGA have come together to develop ways to that can make the game more attractive and more enjoyable. Tee It Forward is the first of many initiatives we have discussed together, and I think families around the country will enjoy alternate formats like this to make the game more fun.”
Coville said the new forward tees are especially good for younger golfers and beginners but work for any golfer without a long drive. “With these new tees the beginner can play a competitive match with the most seasoned expert,” said Coville “The Jones and Palmer Courses are now a good choice for beginners and more experienced golfers, or youngsters and their parents or grandparents, to play together.”
From the new forward tees, yardage for the Jones course is approximately 3,700 yards and the Palmer course is approximately 3,400 yards. Coville said the new forward tees are part of the ongoing improvements and updates taking place at the golf courses including cart path paving and bunker renovations on the Jones Course.
For more information or tee times contact the Speidel Golf Club at Oglebay at 304-243-4050.