Originally Posted by jeverett
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As you can see, approximately 1/3 of the holes on each course came out over or very close to the 70% maximum guideline, with four particular holes really standing out:
E9 - From the recorded scores, this really wasn't a par 4. 71.6% of players put up a 3 on it, suggesting it really could use redesign both to reduce the number of 3s and increase the number of 4s. How about a more protected basket placement?
E13 - 82.2% of players parred this one, suggesting it could really use redesign to produce more 2s. Perhaps a shorter or less protected basket placement?
W8 - While only 66.3% of players parred this one, not a single player birdied it. The particular combination of fairway obstructions, OB on the right, and small island green around the basket seems to have produced a lot of layups and not a lot of attempts at birdie. Perhaps a non-island basket placement for this one? None of the other island holes had this extreme of an effect on birdie attempts, but pretty clearly this one was a tough hole to have a reasonable shot at birdie on. I personally took my only 6p of the event on it. :P
W18 - At 509', this one was a definite 'tweener'.. thus the 79.8% of players scoring a 3 on it. This one really needs either a tougher basket placement and a par 4 treatment, or a shorter basket placement.
[E9]: This is the "Genius" hole. A tree fell two winters ago that made the hole considerably easier, however, the dilemma is that even with the tree gone it is still VERY hard to card a "2" on this hole. As it stands I consider it an easy par 4, which IMO is better than a "3" with almost no chance at the birdie.
[E13]: This hole was shortened this year in an attempt to accomplish this. We did have more birdies this year than we did last year.
[W8]: I definitely will not be taking this pin position off the island, but I have been fighting to re-introduce the "border" on the front side the island (but not on the back side) and upping the par to "4". This would prevent people from sliding an upshot onto the island. This one change made a huge impact on the way the hole played in the year we used the border.
[W18]: I will have to start looking at options for this hole. It doesn't HAVE to change, but if we can make a minor change that will "mix it up" a bit it could be improved.