Originally Posted by Parks
Par is what you make of it. If a hole feels like a par 5 to you, then its a par 5. It doesn't change what's on the scorecard.
To me, Hole 11 at Downriver and Hole 14 at High Bridge feel like par 4s because I've never dueced them. If I get a 3 on either one I am happy and feel like I played the hole well; if I have a drop in 3 then I played them really well.
For some people, those holes are par 5. For people with huge drives, they're par 3.
However, changing "official" par is only to make scorekeeping easier. It doesn't make sense to change the official par on any hole until there are at least five or six par 4 or 5 holes on a course. Until then, it just becomes really confusing when someone says they shot a two down or four up.
Of course, just listing everything as Pro par 3 and then having Am par 4 or 5 listed for a lot of holes (similar to Farragut) could help solve a lot of people's frustrations, and be a lot cheaper than alternate teepads. Eric is doing the signs (I think?) so he would be the one to talk to about that.
I'm mostly thinking of casual play here. Most everyone thinks of their score as +1, -3, etc, and having different pars would impact this type of score keeping. Of course, a 57 is always a 57, but if there are 3 par 4s, then a 57 would be shooting even. However, if SDGA members aren't willing to embrace this, I don't think that there will be much effect given the fact that people look to you guys for leadership. It would have to be almost universally used. For me, it makes no difference, but it was not that long ago that I was taking a bogey every time I played 3 and it did wear on me for a while. That said, the first time I shot par on 3 or 14 felt like a birdie on any other hole.