I've watched this thread for a the time that it has been going on, and here are some of my observations:
I grew up working on a course that measured around 6800 with elevation changes of upwards of 40-50 feet, and greens that rolled (at average) around 10 on the stimp meter, which was a relatively new fangled thingamabob that could actually measure green speeds. And, the greens were quite large with excellent undulations. Very few "unfair" hole positions. Got good enough to become "scratch" and turn pro there.
Fast foward a few years, and suddenly I am at a 9 hole course that was only about 3100 yards. Got to develop the second nine. The total for that course was just a tad over 6000 yards. Took absolutely every club in the bag to play it "properly". There were holes that you could definitely take a driver, but were better off taking something less. 4 par fives where a driver was definitely in play, but penalized for being off-line (water, OB, etc).
Never did I feel that when I played there that I was bored or felt that I was hitting too short of a club into each hole. And, I played it as far back as I could, which was only about 6100 yards.
I enjoy each and every course for what it is. I try my best to beat the course (or have a good time - sometimes a mutuallly exclusive occurence).
Do I enjoy hitting short irons into each and every hole? Well...actually, I play what the course gives me, and do my best to accept it.
Do I enjoy hitting long irons/hybrids/fairway woods into each par 4 on a course??? Again, I play wwhat the course gives me.
I suppose the fact that I have confidence in all of my clubs, no matter the range, makes it a bit "easier" for me.
The same goes for exceptionally fast greens vs. slow greens; greens with excessive sloping vs. flat.
Take what the course gives you...enjoy the fact that you are playing the game when many people are so less fortunate than you. They may either be working, or worse...not have a job to be working at, and dealing with the problems associated with either.
Old(er) age has a way of making one look at things much differently. Do I enjoy hitting woods/long irons (personally, I don't have hybrids) into par 4's? I really doesn't bother me. At least, no more than hitting short irons into each hole.
Wish you well, OP...and, hope that you can find a happy medium in your enjoyment of different types of courses.
Edited by augustgolf, 14 November 2017 - 04:19 PM.