Originally Posted by Pizzel
...The course is significantly shorter and a few ares of prominent OB have been taken out of play...
Please elaborate. I don't have the luxury of previewing the course. Would you please confirm these pin settings are correct?
First of all, this will be using the hole numbering from last year's BSF. (I heard a rumor that they are going to renumber the East side, so that the starting hole for the East is more gallery-friendly. Meaning last year's East 18 becomes next year's East 1.) But for now, I am using the "old" numbering (where East 1 tees off from behind the bathroom):
# -- length -- relative position
BSF1E: short = left (straighter, shorter shot)
BSF2E: short = left (at the top of the slope, shorter shot, not up on the plateau)
BSF3E: short = left (straight, behind the huge tree, no sharp turn to the right)
BSF4E: short = short (same shot, just one less big tree to get past)
BSF5E: short = right (straighter shot, no dog leg left at the end)
BSF6E: short = right (out in the field, not tucked left in big trees, about the same length?)
BSF7E: short = left (is that crazy pin no longer used, tucked left short?)
BSF8E: ony one pin I know of
BSF9E: is there a pin off to the right of the lone tree? is it shorter? (Genius)
BSF10E: short = left (not on bark nugget island in the parking lot)
BSF11E: ony one pin I know of
BSF12E: short? = left? I hear there is a new pin short of the island in the parking lot?
BSF13E: short = left
BSF14E: short = right pin (triple trunk), the only short pad in TDG, "1/4 mile"
BSF15E: short = left, short of the "nipple"?
BSF16E: short = left (the combined hole)
BSF17E: only one pin that I know of
BSF18E: only one pin that I know of
Is that about right? Does the BSF use all long pins? I would say not: when Val eagled the quarter-miler, the pin was in the triple-trunk (short). I do wonder what the difference in SSA will be. I suppose if the SSA is lower such that the RPS is off, that will benefit the lower-rated players and teams, since they will get more "help" than the course demands? So I looked up the team rating difference for Pizzel's match:
Putt This!: 7637
Vapor Trails: 7146
for comparison, I did my own match:
The Good, The Bad, & The Sassy: 7278
Green Bowl Packers: 7256
So I guess it boils down to: "will the current course play more than 1.32 shots easier than the BSF course?" Lower-rated teams are hoping so!
PS: I am in the camp of the RPS being set before the match. As fair as dynamic RPS might be (using the SSA that was shot that day to determine the RPS and therefore the handicaps AFTER the fact), I don't like that you can not strategize nearly as effectively, since you don't really know what anyone's handicap is going to be. While I live for the flight of the disc like any of us, I truly enjoy the strategy element of Team Disc Golf as well. In addition, knowing where you are in your match, and knowing how hard you must press, adds a thrill to each round for me.