I don't think a rotation of courses will help the Wide Open, if you want to showcase other courses, hold other tournaments, which will show them off. If you want to show off, then just make it a large tournament with all of the Major courses put to use. Otherwise, consistency is what makes Beaver State, USDGC, Vibram, Steady Ed and the Memorial the tournaments they are. Because believe it or not, Beaver state has several courses in that area they could use which are just as bad ass as Milo but they don't. Same is true of Steady Ed and USDGC. The number of courses in one area isn't a blessing in those cases, it's a burden. Because instead of maintaining a steady tack in one direction and creating a consistent product, you are hampered with confusion among those who put on tournaments and those who will play it. Case in point: The Majestic in Minnesota.
For the past three years, Timmy Gill has run the Majestic and each year he has changed the tournament schedule. He has Blue Ribbon Pines, Kaposia, Hyland, the Golf Complex he has been building for several years near Northfield (a four course complex), and several other great challenging courses in the Twin cities area to chose from. Each of those last three years, Gill has waited until the 11th hour to choose which courses to play for the Majestic - a decision that has cost him. He desperately wants to show off his Northfield complex, but it's an hour south of St. Paul. So if he uses it, everyone needs to find housing near Northfield. And vice versa if he opts for the Twin Cities courses. Gil doesn't post his intentions on a website (which there is one par72discgolf.com) and he doesn't answer questions about what he's planning on doing. He just makes up his mind at the last minute. Three years ago, the majestic was one round at each of the three biggest courses; Kaposia, Blue Ribbon and Hyland. It was impossible to get into the tournament. It filled in less than 48 hours. Two years ago the Majestic was an NT. Everyone expected a repeat of the year before and it filled quickly. However, this time he used BRP twice for everyone and then split the ams and pros up to two different courses, which pissed off just about everyone. The next year, most of the pros stayed away because he AGAIN did not reveal the format until the last minute. People were gun shy about falling for Gill's indecisiveness again. It was obvious that this time Gill wanted the Northfield courses included, but they weren't ready. His last second decision kept a lot of people guessing and they stayed away. The tournament had a decent field, but nothing close to what it could or should have been.
If each year the Majestic was the same three tough courses, it would have the same turn out and it would need to find ways to work with the overflow. Instead, last year, the tournament didn't fill.
Beaver State has a lottery to get in. It fills so fast it will make your head spin. And they don't change a thing.
Memorial fills each year.
USDGC has people show up that didn't even make it and are there to pay to get in.
IF you are consistent about the courses in your tournament, and the courses are an exceptional product, your only headache will be what to do with the overflow. Instead, each year we have two months of "what courses to use? who's going to do what? how do we get people involved?" and to be honest, it's hard to get people involved when there is no real idea of what IS going on.
And now we have a company coming to town who specializes in organizing tournaments by the effective use of its manpower. They run tournaments in Michigan (
) North Carolina (
?) and most points in the Midwest. And they are a machine. Honestly, their tournaments are nothing special, but they come across as super bad ass when you compare them to the way other people run tournaments. I am concerned that if the company becomes too big that their over-inflated entry fees will kill the field sizes for most tournaments. They run almost one tournament a week. That is some serious organizing power. Especially when you consider how hard it is for our club to put on just one tournament in our own hometown.
As far as what courses to use, I'm sure it's open to debate over which ones are quality and which aren't. I will leave that to the organizing committee to figure out what they want to do. But as a touring player, I want the hardest, toughest, most challenging, most scenic courses available. The Wide Open should be the hardest and toughest tournament of the year. Harder than Beaver, USDGC and World's combined. We have the courses, so why not?