About my Reviews: I am a firm believer in writing in a stream of consciousness way. I do my best to only do reviews fresh from playing the course within a day or two. If I feel that too much time has passed I will refrain from writing until I have another chance to play the course. Travelling allows me to play new courses but my reviews will always be based on that fact. If I have one course to play, I want a good accurate review to read and decide which course to go to, and I try to provide that service. Saying that, courses I play frequently, are more likely to have a good review, but I've tried to be subjective about that.
I've decided to be a bit more analytical about my reviews. I've graded each on a scale of 0-10 and have an algorithm that gives me a useable number to base my overall score on. These are all things I consider when writing a review and a general idea of how important the each are. A spreadsheet of this can be found Here [link]https://docs.google.com/sprea...&hl=en_US
Fun - How much Fun was playing this course, did I enjoy myself. This is probably the most important and most subjective part of my reviews.
Re-Play-Ability - How far would I willing to travel to play this course, how badly do I want to play it again, if I was in the area is it a must play or should I try something new. This rating can and will change as I play more courses in an area, all of a sudden what I thought was a stinker starts looking better if all the courses in an area are not up to par.
Memorable Holes - This is the number of holes that I'll remember later. When I think of the course, what holes were the most fun? What holes offered the most unique playing experience.
Annoying Holes - This is the number of holes that leave me saying, god this is stupid or pointless. I find that 2 or 3 of these holes in a row can also very easily ruin how fun I find a course.
Scenic - This is a factor into fun, but how beautiful was the course, is it right next to a landfill or on the banks of an amazing river. The scenery should be awesome!
Safety - This is uber important in my opinion. I'm looking for things like are the pins near other tee boxes, are there people using the course for non dg related activities. Do fairways cross? All of these things will factor heavily into a course's overall score.
Navigation - How does the course flow, how does the course go from hole to hole, good signage good or obvious directions to each hole. How easy it is to find hole 1 is also a factor here.
Variety - Are all the shots the same or are they different. Various distances, use of natural lines they all play into this.
Amenities - Nice Tee Pads (in good condition), Benches, Signs, Trashcans, Facilites. Not the end all be all but this can help an average course be better.
Upkeep - Does it feel like this course is well maintained, is the grass long, baskets in good shape, overgrowth taken care of.
Cohesiveness - Does the whole feel right, are there two separate courses here that are mashed together, or are they one?
Land Use - How well is the land used, elevation, natural elements things like that.