The golf course was designed to accommodate golfers of all skill levels by having multiple teeing areas, generous fairway landing areas, and mounding around greens and along fairways to help contain wayward golf shots.
All of these design features were incorporated throughout the golf course to make it fair and enjoyable to play for all members and guests.
Proper course management by golfers of all skill levels will enhance their enjoyment of the course and lower their scores. Although the fairways are wide, a well struck tee shot should target the position on the fairway that provides the player with the best angle to approach the green. This is generally a smaller portion of the larger overall fairway. The side of the fairway with the greatest risk (a close proximity to fairway bunkers or nearest a swale in the rough) will provide the greatest reward (the best angle of approach into the green).
The deep bunkering around the greens and various hole locations separated by sloping contours on the greens make the course a challenging test for even the most accomplished players. All holes were designed with added difficulty for the direct route to the most difficult hole locations, but there is also a safer access to the front portion of every green.
As a general rule, the teeing areas are offset so that as you move back from one teeing area to the next, the additional length plus the more difficult line of play combine to make each subsequent teeing area more difficult than the one in front. The Nicklaus (gold) Tees will provide a challenging and championship caliber test for even the most accomplished players.
The four forward sets of tees were designed to accommodate golfers of all abilities. Players should select the proper teeing area to ensure that they are most able to play the golf course as it was intended to be played. If players have selected the proper teeing area, after a well struck tee shot they will ideally have reached the widest part of the fairway, and will be hitting the same club (not necessarily from the same distance) into the green that a scratch player would be hitting when he/she played from the Nicklaus Tees.
The teeing area that will allow players of different abilities to play the course most closely to the way it was intended to be played by Jack Nicklaus, and therefore maximize their enjoyment of the course, should be based on how far they hit the ball, not on what their handicap or average score is.