Inspiration!

I had a brain storm yesterday about long course vs short course and I'm pretty happy about it. Here's the deal. See, from the novice pads my course isn't too long, I'm happy with them. Thing is, the walk is too long, it's just too tiring for the very casual player to play a very casual round.

So I got to thinking... while we were out walking the course yesterday I was saying to Craig and Jeremy that any good par 4 hole should be able to be broken into 2 decent par 3's. They may not be awesome, but they should be at least ok. And then I got to thinking about hole 11 on my course, which is where the trail comes from the park (by the horse trail and where the gate is), which is where people will be coming in for the forseeable future. And I realized that if I trim the fence a bit I could have 2 very nice par 3's inside my par 4.

So I mentally made a loop... hole 11 --> 12 --> 13 --> 14 --> 15 --> 16 --> 9 --> 10.

8 holes, of which 11, 13, 14, 15 (maybe), 9, and 10 can all be broken into 2 holes. So that's 14 holes. And it'd be very easy, instead of going 15 --> 16 --> 9 to go 15 --> 16 --> 17 --> 6 --> 7 --> 8 --> 9 and then it's 18 holes. And really holes 17 and 6 can easily be broken into 2 and hole 7 and 8 are short that means none of the "junior" holes will be forced, they'll all be pretty nice little holes

So let's say this:

Hole
Pro Par
Pro Distance
Short Course Hole A
Short Course Hole B
1
3
485
-
-
2
4
416
-
-
3
5
970
-
-
4
4
605
-
-
5
3
330
-
-
6
5
830
320
280
7
3
300
250
8
3
242
201
9
4
700
250
250
Out
34
4878
10
4
500
250
11
5
689
250
250
12
3
240
240
13
4
489
250
250
14
4
636
250
250
15
4
450
220
16
3
250
250
17
4
580
240
250
18
4
544
-
-
In
35
4378
Total
69
9256
~4400

 

So that's a 4400 foot course that cuts out a mile of walking. Perfect for casual golfers to play a casual round. Ok, now check it out. Lots of the Short Course holes would tee from the Pro Pad on the Long Course hole, play to a basket about halfway which is off to the side and out of the way of most people playing the long course. Then they go to the Long Course Novice tee pad and play from there to the real basket for the long course hole.

It would mean adding 6 extra baskets, so you'd have 24 baskets on the course, but it means you could have 4 different courses to play, if you count the 3 sets of pads on the Long Course and the Short Course. I'm pretty excited about the idea...

And with that somebody could come out and play either course as they pleased... if you want a quick, easy, not exhausting course you play the shorts. If not you can play the longs. And you'd have to be polite if you're playing the longs and come across somebody playing short, but I don't see it as a real problem.

 

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