I'm going to repost this so I don't repeat myself.
I'd like to start a post geared specifically to improving the golf holes. By this I mean what can be done to make a hole safer to other golfers and non-golfers, fairer (ie a fairway as apposed to an un-fairway) and lastly more challenging? This not the post for maintenance. We already have one for that.
For holes where there is an option to throw toward or over a road could be avoided by planting a trees or bushes. Many holes were designed around existing trees, but then they were removed and now we have that option. This would make the holes safer to non-golfers and keep the discs from hitting cars. The other safety concern where you are throwing into other fairways. Maybe planting trees or bushes to deter from throwing into other fairways could help reduce the possibility of hitting other golfers. Again, most of these holes were not designed to allow for a shot over another fairway, but a tree gets removed and now we have that option. I agree having multiple ways to get to the hole is great, but not if makes the hole unsafe to others. You could always do a mando, but I'm not a big fan of them. Most the the casual golfers don't play them anyway, so you still have the safety issue.
A fairway is a difficult thing to define. But, basically you want to reward a good shot with a chance at a birdie. Holes where you throw in the fairway and hope you get lucky to get through the trees to me does not make for a good golf hole. Columbia Missouri's, Indian Hills to me has some of these types of holes. I would also like to see more defined fairways where if you get off the fairway, you are likely going to get a bogey. Holes where you can throw an errant drive and still easily get a par make for an average hole. A good hole to me not only rewards a good drive with a chance for a birdie, but also punishes a bad shot with a likely bogey.
Once you have a safe hole with a fairway, then you can add the challenging. For example for longer holes like Creve Coeur you could add an OB area placed relatively close to the spot where you want to be to set you up for a birdie. The same could be done with the greens with bushes where if you aproach and go left of the basket you will not have a shot at a par. Many of our greens already have this, but like I mentioned earlier trees are removed and now the green is too easy. I don't think you want to make is so challenging that casual golfers don't enjoy the course. But, I feel we could make our courses more challenging without making it too hard for the casuals.
My understanding any changes at the County Courses go through the Course Captains working with the Club's Officers and the County Parks people. Oh, also some of the officers met with the County Parks recently and they mentioned, we can put in trees.
Please post your ideas here and as always you can contact the officers or the course captains. Maybe we could have a Course Improvement post for all the County Courses.
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