I just wasn't aware they were going to "water it down" for the final 9, instead of escalating it. Oh well.
To expound on what Van said above, a strict 90 minute time limit was put on the Final 9 due to the other events of the afternoon. I was responsible for planning the final 9, and wanted to play both of the shortened holes in the original gold configuration. However, I imagine that would have added another 30 to 45 minutes to the round. I agree that a final 9 containing a collection of par 3's, 4's, and 5's is a better test of golf (and could have seen a larger scoring swing), but due to the time limit, we had to shorten a couple of holes.
Last year we had no final 9; Swope was a course for the pros hosted on tee times. As a result, the final round for the top card was 18 holes on the full Gold Course. I'm making my way through the Disc Golf Planet archived videos right now, and plan to watch how the lead card played at Swope this past year.