It has been a while since worlds has ended. Even tough I think the overall experience was great again this year, I have one one thing that still bothers me to this day.
Angry Beaver! I do not believe this course should have been played in a worlds event. I don't know how this course ever passed the PDGA check list to be eligible for a worlds event. Most of the fairways should have failed and some of the greens. Except for a few holes I think the overall course design is poor. Cut down a couple of trees, add a Tee box and a basket, and call it a hole. If this was the case we would have thousands of courses popping up every where. It takes a lot more work to build a proper course.
It may sound like I am complaining, well it's true. I am very bitter that I had to play through the woods like that. I consider myself a par golfer, who can do what ever it takes to get par on a hole. At Angry Beaver if you get a kick off a tree, it is likely to take two strokes just get back into what they call a fairway. I understand the concept of placement shots, but on just about every hole is stupid. Take a new player to that course and their likely never to play again. How can we expect to grow the sport when courses like this are being built.
After playing this course I have learned a lot about making a fairway fair. I have now walked my course a few times and reevaluated my fairways. I took a year of walking the property that I built my course on. To make sure I could come up with the best layout possible. I have finally looked at it as a player and not just a designer. There is some work I feel must be done. Yes a couple of holes may get easier, but everyone should have a way to get par on a hole.