How many people started to play on courses that were in their long settings and went back? How many played on a community course that was attainable, and went back? I started on a 9-hole course that was probably ~2500' and played weekly, then daily as I got better. (the jury I know is still out on my getting better!)
I always thought that even its shorter setting that SMP was too long, it really should be a feeder course to get people hooked on the course with the traffic that is out there. Don't get me wrong it should have hte ability to be a good course, but to be a good course, you need not be at Blue Valley length. You can have a tough fun course with tree's and everything else under 5000' and still be challenging for the seasoned pro, and have a fun day for the newbies!