i agree that different rules from different tees based on the number of misses is way too complicated.
one note: the O/B areas on this hole are not bodies of water where one loses their disc. it is a wetlands area that seasonally gets extremely mushy. but getting your footwear and feet wet and muddy on your first hole of a difficult course is not the experience i want players to have. we will have walking paths and a boardwalk system and possibly the option to concede O/B and play from the next drop zone for folks (especially casual players) that have no desire to sink ankle deep in squish.
here's my current thought:
im thinking we will have 4 "tees" (90ft, 180 ft, 270 ft, 360 ft that plays 300 ft).
they play as pro, advanced, am, rec tees as well as being drop zones. the wetlands / OB area would be defined as a bunCR, i.e. a shot from any tee / drop zone landing in the wetlands / OB area results in the player playing their next shot from the next shorter drop zone, WITH NO PENALTY stroke assessed.
i think one thing this accomplishes that i like is that it offers any player that plays from the pro tee the opportunity to nail a "memory shot" - if your tee shot from the pro tee is O/B it's a shot you'll remember when the round is over, and you'll be rewarded on the scorecard because the majority of players wont land on the green from this tee. but if you miss it, like most players will, you are not overly penalized.
if you land on the green from the pro tee and 2-putt you end up with the same score as the player that missed from the long tee, made it from the 275-foot zone and 1-putted. the player that is long and accurate and can putt gets rewarded vs the inaccurate long thrower that putts poorly. but if you have a good approach game you can salvage the hole with an accurate shot from the 275 foot drop zone.
and i suppose for the total beginner that cant throw 90 feet they could start on the far corner of the green. maybe from the 90-foot tee one incurs a penalty stroke for advancing to the green, thereby shooting their 3rd shot from the corner of the green?