If you have refined your skills to excel in navigating various obstacle courses, it does not mean that other less skilled athletes will outperform you on a less severe course. Yes, indeed the differences in performance between the most and lesser skilled may not be as great but the most skilled should prevail if they perform well.
Most recreational golfers today – 99+% of the golfing population — need to select a course with fewer obstacles and shorter in length if they are expected to come off the course, wishing they could play another nine — or at least looking forward to returning for another round — rather than expressing a sigh of relief that it’s over.
One of the most effective ways to grow or even maintain participation in the game, is in the hands of the architects and course owners, by providing a playable course to meet the needs of the participants i.e. an appropriate challenge to satisfy the subconscious urge we have to evaluate ourselves.
There are very few courses that are too easy.
Do you think that difficult courses add to the entertainment value which is so important for the PGA Tour, and do these difficult courses have a place in recreational golf?
Let us know what you think by sharing your comments below. We look forward to hearing from you and are sure that your comments will be interesting for the rest of our Frankly Friends.
In the meantime, putt well,
Frank & Valerie
Southbroom Golf Club in South Africa, a very playable golf course, even with a water hazard in play at the 9th hole and a palm tree growing in the green!