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I have got the first draft of my totally wooded course designed. This is a rough draft that I plan on walking a few 100 more times, but so far I have a few really cool hole ideas. The first uses the pond, the hole is 350ish feet reaching the pond about 250 in with about 60-70ft to cross the pond to the putting green. This will make players decide to run it or not. The other is a 450ft turnover down a logging trail that is down hill making it a Pro par 3 and Am par 4.

This is the rough layout, I know you all can't tell much, but do you see any crazy repeats in the design?
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Can't tell much from that.

One of the things I did when we were first designing holes for our course, was to make a list of them and rate each one by degree of handedness: L+3 (severe lefty hole, righty likely to lose a stroke), L+2 (lefty hole, righty has a chance to keep up with an excellent shot), L+1 (slight advantage to lefty), 0 (neutral), R+1, R+2, R+3. Assuming backhand-only throws; you can substitute forehand for lefty, and assume all righthanded players.

It gave me a way to see the balance, not just L vs. R, but the degree of those. Too often, a course seems to have an even mix, but the righty holes are sharp hyzers, and the lefty holes are not. Or a hole bends right, but actually favors a righty turnover over a lefty fade.

That list also showed me pars and lengths, better displaying variety and whether there was a stretch of too many short holes, or long holes, in a row.

None of which may help you, but that's how I did it. It won't show whether the holes are good, or the transitions, or any of that, but it will help show the balance and any crazy repeats.
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Can't tell much from that.

One of the things I did when we were first designing holes for our course, was to make a list of them and rate each one by degree of handedness: L+3 (severe lefty hole, righty likely to lose a stroke), L+2 (lefty hole, righty has a chance to keep up with an excellent shot), L+1 (slight advantage to lefty), 0 (neutral), R+1, R+2, R+3. Assuming backhand-only throws; you can substitute forehand for lefty, and assume all righthanded players.

It gave me a way to see the balance, not just L vs. R, but the degree of those. Too often, a course seems to have an even mix, but the righty holes are sharp hyzers, and the lefty holes are not. Or a hole bends right, but actually favors a righty turnover over a lefty fade.

That list also showed me pars and lengths, better displaying variety and whether there was a stretch of too many short holes, or long holes, in a row.

None of which may help you, but that's how I did it. It won't show whether the holes are good, or the transitions, or any of that, but it will help show the balance and any crazy repeats.
I inevitably make a list of this sort in the development of a course as well.

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Can't tell much from that.

One of the things I did when we were first designing holes for our course, was to make a list of them and rate each one by degree of handedness: L+3 (severe lefty hole, righty likely to lose a stroke), L+2 (lefty hole, righty has a chance to keep up with an excellent shot), L+1 (slight advantage to lefty), 0 (neutral), R+1, R+2, R+3. Assuming backhand-only throws; you can substitute forehand for lefty, and assume all righthanded players.

It gave me a way to see the balance, not just L vs. R, but the degree of those. Too often, a course seems to have an even mix, but the righty holes are sharp hyzers, and the lefty holes are not. Or a hole bends right, but actually favors a righty turnover over a lefty fade.

That list also showed me pars and lengths, better displaying variety and whether there was a stretch of too many short holes, or long holes, in a row.

None of which may help you, but that's how I did it. It won't show whether the holes are good, or the transitions, or any of that, but it will help show the balance and any crazy repeats.

That is very smart, I will have to do that. i have one that could be L+100 haha
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