Originally Posted by jconnell
Thank you for posting these.
Just took a cursory glance through the new text of the rule book. Plenty of good changes.
One thing jumped out to me as ripe for potential abuse, and that is the "Omitted Hole" rule (803.03 G. 6.). If a player comes up to a hole for which they feel they will throw a high number of throws, they could skip it, call it omitted, and take par+4 and perhaps take a score lower than they would if they played it. Or perhaps a hole with a water hazard that a player prefers to skip so they don't lose discs. A seven might be better than tin-cupping four discs into the water and taking a double digit score.
I understand the reasoning behind the rule though...for instances where an emergency arises and the player must step away but can also return. But perhaps that belongs under the discretionary rules as a call for the TD to make on a case by case basis. The point being that it should be incumbent on the players to play every hole on the course regardless of difficulty, and I think the omitted hole rule gives players a loop hole to intentionally skip holes, potentially without consequence. Granted, it's a loophole that will be advantageous in only a very few and probably very rare occasions, but a loophole just the same.
I'll need to read the new book more thoroughly to make any further comments.
What are the chances that someone, for whom par +4 is likely to be better than what they actually shoot, is actually going to have any bearing on the people score well enough to cash? I understand that it is technically possible but I guess I'd have to say show me someone actually doing it in a way that unfairly benefits them before I'm gonna care.