Golf courses have been called tough, difficult, demanding, challenging, spectacular, intimidating, fearsome, treacherous and terrifying. A golf course with tricky greens, severe traps and back-breaker holes may be called a monster, but a great golf course is never described as easy.
Maybe this is the way it should be; a round of golf is not supposed to be a walk in the park. A good golf course is designed to test a player's skill. It will challenge the golfer to play all types of shots. It should reward the good shots and penalize the bad ones. That's the name of the game.
Despite all the hazards attributed to some championship golf courses, many weekend golfers are always ready and eager to tackle any course of any size at anytime. But few are willing to subsist entirely on a steady diet of rigorous tests. There are times when a battered ego needs a soothing massage. And there is nothing better for a golfer's mental attitude than a well-played round of golf . . . test of no test.
So, how about an 18-hole golf course built with nothing but easy holes -- or should we say easier holes? Here's one taken from a wide variety of Washington area courses, not including the par 3 layouts or the nine-holers. According to scorecards of the selected courses, this unpretentious little track adds up to par 70, and measures about 5,200 yards from the white markers. t
Many fine local golfers would tear this to pieces. Some would "shoot the lights out." Anyone who can't lower his average score on it should go back to the practice tee.