So a bunch of new courses have been added since this was last looked at, and with Bird Father bringing up some issues of why this course over that course, instead of hijacking the MAC event, I thought I would resurrect the dead thread.
Personally, as the TD of the Wide Open it isn't about not using courses, it is about using courses that make sense. The Olathe Lake course wasn't even on the radar when planning went in for the Wide Open so why would I consider using something that wasn't there?
Using Olathe doesn't make sense from a logistics standpoint when it comes to the Wide Open with the exception of using it in conjunction with SMP or WyCo. Then though you are looking at driving distances that really detract from the venue. I heard that as well as other concerns with Blue Springs last year. So I made a decision to keep all the courses centrally located.
Does it suck for the hard working locals that do work on courses that aren't being used. Sure it does. Look at Cliff for example, it is looking pretty good, but won't get played. Played Rosedale last night, and I hope it gets more work to clean it up as it looks pretty shaggy right now.
Personally when I travel to another location to play in a big tournament, I don't want to drive to the farthest ends of the city to play. I want to play, not drive. I drove to get there. I take that approach in my decision as to why I chose the courses to play on. Initially Cliff was targeted, but the prospect of losing holes during the event or beforehand, allowed Rosedale to come into the scenario.
I can't attest as to why people choose locations, but personally I chose for the Wide Open courses that I feel are the easiest to get to, require the least amount of travel, and present a good challenge for the players.
I am not running the Wide Open next year, so if you want a different course selection I suggest you work with the BoD at either helping with the team or step up and make it happen. It takes an entire community to make the courses great in town for this event. Also you need to have all the courses looking good as every course that is closed is going to send our local players to another course that will then give them a chance to see that course I heard about but never played before......
So your work though may not be where you want everyone to see it today, but give it time, and people will get out there, and enough clamoring will happen to make the course more populated.