Re: Ask Chuck Kennedy
I had a discussion with Juliana about Open Women not playing the same course layouts as Open Men at Pro Worlds, Final 9s and other big events. She says that we shouldn't have the women play (typically) shorter holes than the gold level Open Men because they are women, but because the top women are blue level players. She embraces the concept that the top women are currently at the blue level defined in the PDGA course guidelines which is the same level as where the top GM Pros and top Advanced players are located. They should all be playing the same blue level course layouts and not necessarily the gold layouts on the few courses that have that level. This differentiation gives all players course layouts that are challenging for their skill level and reduces those boring holes where most in the division get the same score on a hole.