NM... It was just the angle...
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Yes we do have some good course designers in town. We also have a ton of courses. Why on earth wouldn't we want to have a course designed by one of the premier architects currently in the game?
I for one am in the process of trying to get work for John in the area, here is my rationale.
Why not? Why not have a "Houck Designed" course right here in the metro area to compare our solid folks against? Why not have that to lure some people to the area that may want to just visit it as an attraction? Why not then understand that the diversity we bring in may enable us to get new ideas from him, or solidify the notion that we do know what we are doing with our lands that we play on?
Though not a large proponent of Texas, his accolades follow him, as such wouldn't we be silly to shoo him away because of favoritism?
I for one am very interested in not only having a course here but hopefully the chance to work and develop them with him and learn from the experiences that he has.
Even with all of our wonderful folks designing courses in the area, collectively we are still a small fraction of the courses that he has designed. You learn better tricks from the top pros to help your game, why not learn some new tricks from a top pro on the design side?
So we agree then. We don't need every course to be super hard, we just need one or two or three to be super hard.
I think, in the end, it comes down to variety. The base SMP course fits within the variety of KC disc golf for having multiple pin positions and being moderately challenging but yet maintaining that air of beginner friendliness. If the park would give us more land, I think we need to swing for the fences and put something out of character for KC there. At least two par 5's, 4-8 par 4's, and the rest can be varying degrees of par 3's. Then, if it needs to be adapted from there, there can be a goal to have two tees on each hole, with one being shorter and much easier, just like at Young Park.
I would very much love to see a highly technical additional course in SMP, however I feel that getting more small beginner friendly courses should be the clubs main focus. I love the technical courses but there is no way to get my fiance out to those courses. I have used Rosedale down under to introduce beginners to the game for years. I know I have seen lot of new players get discouraged when they play their first round and they consistently have to throw 6 time to get to the hole their host gets to in one or two. In my experience I also know most new players don't want to be seen teeing off the short tee as it has the stigma of the ladies tee in golf. I really saw this problem when I took a group from work for their first game to Prairie Center shortly after the recent course updates. I really do want to see a new A tier course at SMP and it hurts writing this but if I do not believe we should make any existing courses harder until we are able to populate the city with more short beginner level courses. I know of some people that I could get out to a 9 hole confidence building course that are scared to go out to the existing courses.
There is a sweet little nine holer at a school in Blue Valley off 164th and Antioch I think....?
It would be a really good introductory course for newbys.
The new stuff at PC is gradually softening up around the edges as well. Also, it's very easy to play 1-10, then 17 and 18 at PC, which keeps you from having to deal with holes that players like Hemme, Tank, and Emac appreciate most.