BNGL, on 28 November 2018 - 05:26 PM, said:
Here's a rabbit hole for y'all to ponder...
Imagine they redo par at ANGC, lengths stay the exact same only thing changes is the card. They switch 11 (make it a par 5) and make 15 a par 4. Does that change your idea of the holes being too easy or difficult or unexciting or whatever?
The whole thing that ANGC does better than any course I've ever played, is give you half pars and someone mentioned it earlier. But if par changes on those two holes, they will be played entirely differently. Guys will suddenly start attacking 11, not playing conservatively as I agree a lot of players do tip toe around 11 and feel good with a par (which isn't bad). Because they know they could save par with a great wedge. Conversely guys will start laying up on 15 to make 4 the hard way, or at worse probably 5 because they could hit a good wedge and leave a makeable putt for par.
I think the great part about the back nine out there is as you make the turn the key to the first third of the nine it to not make a mistake, the middle third is moving time, and the final third is either hang on or attack if you need to.
The way 11 plays holds to that but when you look at the scoring if you want to nitpick you can say there is almost no parody on the hole itself.
I think that giving 10 a little more bite will help restore the start to the 9. Historically the 10th hole is the hardest hole on the course and last year in the final round it was the 5th easiest hole. I think that 10 playing so easy may have made guys go a little more conservative on 11 and led to almost nobody making birdie to try to bounce back from a bogey on 10.
If you get 10 back to playing the way it should you'll have the hardest hole, 10, the 2nd hardest hole, 11 and the 4th hardest hole 12 to start the back nine.