Originally Posted by Eric whippet Brown
I have never heard of hole ten being offically a par 4 yet. Maybe at the club meeting that can be brought up? It would be like farragut they have par 4's for Ams and 3's for the Pro's from the same tee. I know that us Pro's wouldn't play it a par 4 even though that's not a bad number on that hole. Its a risky 2 if your lucky enough to get close and in the open, I can usually get the 3 on it.
Yeah, I was looking at a chart on the PDGA website, and it certainlly wouldn't be par 4 for gold level players. However, I do think that making this a par 4 for "blue" and under players would go a long way in helping less advanced players feel like the course isn't stacked against them. Hole 3 is a little iffy as a blue par 4, but for white and red, definitely. Same with 14 and with several holes at Downriver (current layout).
I know that there has been some...frustration with the new layout. I really feel that if we were to go by these PDGA guidelines, it could work like a built-in handicap system and everyone would feel like they have more of an equal footing. For what it's worth, alternate teepads sound like a great idea too.