Originally Posted by Sadjo
While I find these discussions of design interesting, how many that actually design courses take much of potential ratings into effect when designing a course?
When I work on a project (been involved in several) I tend to walk the property several times before I even jot down any potential holes. Once I have a feel for what could work I like to flag the different possibilities and then actually throw the holes with friends of different levels of abilities.
The guy who designed Perkerson Park (jdawg24 on here, I think he chimed in earlier) kept a detailed spreadsheet with hundreds of rounds worth of scoring data on the layout as it evolved. The course spent a long time in temporary status, allowing him to tweak tee and basket placements until he got the ideal score distributions he was looking for. Granted this scenario is unfeasible in a lot of cases, but it has created one of the most fun, challenging, and fair courses I've ever played.