Tuesday 31 May 2016

Average Course Length on the US/European PGA Tours 2003-2015

Course lengths 2003-15 (click to enlarge)
Using the average lengths for the courses used on US and European PGA Tour are available on Golf Predictor, the chart above shows the average length of course used on each tour (and on both tours combined) for the 2003-2015 seasons*. A similar post for the 2003-09 seasons is available here). The first seven years on the chart above uses those course lengths from 2009. Years from 2010 on use the latest course lengths in the database (May 2016).

Looking at the chart, it's apparent that the courses are getting longer and also that the length of courses used on the European PGA Tour is catching up to those used on the US PGA Tour. Courses for the first seven years were consistently about 100 yards longer than those used on the European PGA Tour, but in the last few years, this disparity has reduced to about 50 yards. The average length appears to stay relatively constant over each period (2003-09 and 2010-15), but that may be due to the fact that only the latest available yardage for each course was used at the end of each period.

*Course lengths have been ascertained from official sources where possible. GP seasons (calendar years) are used.

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