How hard does a course need to be??

So last Spring Nikko shot 60 at Ozark, something I didn’t really think was possible.
So this Fall I backed up a few tees to make sure he or anyone else couldnt shoot in the 50’s.
The course is always much harder in the Fall as there are still some leaves on the trees, so I wasn’t really to worried.
Well, Nikko shot an Eleven under 61 and with 12 birds and a bogey, even missed a few of the easier holes.

With only 3 other rounds under par for the whole field,, I ask the question “How hard do I have to make a course so that -3 or -4 is the best score???.

3 thoughts on “How hard does a course need to be??”

  1. My question is why do you want to make a course so hard that even a 1040 rated player can’t shoot more than 10 down?

    You can always add even more distance to the course – although to someone like Nikko that won’t matter as much. Another option is go the Idlewild route and add some island holes. Island holes are a great way to add risk/reward and to make the player think twice about his approach or running that long putt.

    1. I dont think making birdies on more than half the hole is how golf is meant to be played!
      I guess it boils down to whether or not someone thinks par is a bad score.
      On a course where a pro can go -12, a par would be a bad score and I just don’t think thats how golf and scoring for the sport is meant to be.

      It supposed to be really good to par most of the holes and bird a few in golf and try and bogey as few as possible.
      I know I felt good at Ozark when I made good pars on some of the par 4’s and 5’s.
      heck I felt good when I made a good bogey 🙂

      Most people i know who play ball golf are 10-18 handicap.
      This means they shoot 80-90 and I never hear any of them complain the course they played is to too hard.
      In fact they like to play the hardest courses they can find and enjoy the challenge.
      Unless you are a pro you should expect to shoot under par, in golf or disc golf, but thats my opinion.

      An advance am Rated 940, which is about a 12 or so handicap at Ozark may think the course is too hard because they cant shoot under when they typicallyu can on most par 54 courses.
      In my opinion a scratch disc golfer should be rated 1000 ( meaning they average par on tournament level courses). A 940 rated golfers shouldn’t be shooting under pay in fact they should rarely shoot under par.
      At par 72 each stroke is only worth 4-5 points so a 10 would be a 1040 – 1050 and a 10 over would be 950-960.

      somehow in disc golf 955 is considered pro, I don’t understand why this would be 1000, with each stroke worth 5 rating points. if your a 995 your a 1 handicap of your a 10 handicap your a 990??

      One thing that confuses me is if the par is 54,( like most courses) and a player can shoot 12 under each stroke would be worth 12 points. shooting a -12 might only be a 1040 rated round and a player that shoots par would get a rating of 888.
      A few under par is something only a REALLY goof ball golfer can shoot, but in disc golf a player that has only been playing a few months could possibly shoot under par even on a course set up for pros..

  2. Then use your inner-only chain baskets 😉 Although that might upset some people.

    Honestly, getting on the green in ball golf is not all that much harder considering some of the fairways out there in disc golf. The only reason ball golf scores are higher is because putting is significantly harder.

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