Originally Posted by Karl
... but the distance between two points (the tee and the pin) is ONE number. IFFF we choose to measure it via the center-line of the fairway, fine. Fine too is the tightest "possible flight" line. I'm sure there could be others...that is what this thread is about... but to tout that a hole's distance should be listed via "skill levels" is not logical. Let's leave a very imprecise concept - that of 'skill levels' (whatever THAT is) out of a precise discussion - length.
I'm in line with this... pick a conventention, whatever it is and go with it.
Don't leve it up to interpretation. If the convention is along the intended path, so be it. If it's shortest distance, so be that, just arrive at a universal method and let each player player interpret what it means to them in terms of effective length from tee to pin based on the route they want to take.