At the risk of incurring the wrath of the CCs upon myself...
How about a post here as to the status of the courses? If not in the forums specifically, on the website somewhere. That way people can KNOW IN ADVANCE, if they care, know about it, and take the time to check, and there should be few complaints about length.
There are some people who only play one course, ever. That's fine, but the settings do need to change for lots of reasons. Just maybe, someone who finds Rosedale set all long will go to WW if it's short.
It would be great to have a rotation of sorts going. Some way of knowing that Rosey will be set long the 3rd week of the month, short the 1st, mixed the other two...Swope long the 1st, short the 4th...whatever, but a pattern and a routine or at least something posted.
Sure, the experienced players need to be challenged, but we also talk about encouraging new players as well. Giving the newbie exposure to all the courses here can only help.
Frankly, I don't care how a course is set up, for the most part, as long as it's not 17 LONG at Rosedale.