The conventional golf wisdom is that to cope with the length of most tour courses nowadays, golfers have to hit the ball as far as possible. For many years, Tiger Woods length from the tee provided the cornerstone of his success. Many other top golfers now regularly spank the ball 300 yards or more down the fairway as technology has helped the most gifted propel the ball previously unimaginable distances.
What were once tricky par five holes have now become a drive and a mid iron for some players. Some par fours can now be driven from the tee, courses are being feverishly modified to ensure that courses remain competitive for players. This generally entails moving the tee as far back as possible, ideally into the next county.