Golf fairway markers are a set of disks put on courses, typically on par 4s or par 5s, which show the distance from the fairway to the center of the green. The color of the markers on the golf course varies according to its distance. For any golfer, it is important to know the distance from the fairway to the green. By knowing the distance, the player can decide what type of club they would be using.
Uses of Fairway Markers
It is a common practice among golf courses to provide golfers with a fairway marker. Some markers give the yardage and are color-coded. However, the colors are not standardized. It varies according to the specific layout of the course.
To make it more challenging, the management of the golf courses move the holes around on the green. This strategy increases the difficulty of the play every time a golfer plays another round. As much as possible, the markers are dug up from the ground and moved regularly.
Different types of Fairway Markers
There are three-yard markers that are common to every course. These are the 200-yard marker, the 150-yard marker, and the 100-yard marker. Other golf courses use sprinkler heads as markers. Since they are seen everywhere, golf courses would write the distance to the center of the green on the head of the sprinkler.
• 200 – Yard Marker
The first fairway marker that a player comes across the golf course is the 200-yard marker. They are usually situated on par 5 or the longer par 4. It is commonly painted blue. However, the color can still change according to the desire of the course.
• 150 – Yard Marker
Situated on every hole that is longer than a par 3, the 150-yard markers, are always painted in white color. Most players reach the green easily from the 150-yards. Thus some golf courses make an effort to highlight its location. These highlights include colored posts or unique trees to indicate the distance.
• 100 – Yard Marker
If the distance of the player is almost near the green, the golfer will know that the 100-yard marker is just a shot away. Because of its distance, this yard marker is a welcome sight to any player. They are usually found on all par 5s, par 4s, and longer par 3s.