I'm all for yellow roping that narrow straight fairway. It definitely takes the preferred roller shot out of play or makes it a lot more difficult, depending on the player's confidence level with their roller.
The over the road shot is just gimmicky to me. Fun, for sure, but I can understand the safety concerns.
The word, "GIMMICKY" doesn't fit with disc golf and should ceased to be used in critiques. The USDGC course could be called gimmicky from top to bottom; Swope with rope could easily be called gimmicky. Unless you expect every course to be a links-styled course with no real challenges other than distance being the standard, disc golf requires - demands - that new obstacles, challenges and risks be included to make a course "interesting" and those gimmicks are what make disc golf interesting. Of the top ten rated courses in America, almost every single one of them would be considered, "gimmicky" or rather... "challenging."
12 on the peninsula is hard because most people don't know how to play it - even locals. It's not an easy two and is often not three'd. The more you play it the easier it gets, but that is no guarantee that you will do well on the hole. This is why there is a pin placement there in the first place. No one freaks out when the pin is in the long positions but people do freak out MORE when they see it out on the peninsula.
Gimmicky means you don't have that throw in your bag and someone else does.