I have been playing for a year and a half (very irregularly, sometimes playing once every two weeks).
Is 46 a good score for a Par 3 (ex. Little Rancho)?
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This was the par-3 course next to Rancho Park, off of Pico in Los Angeles?
When you say you've been playing a year and a half, what do you mean? Going to the par-3 with your friends? Practicing at all?
What's the breakdown of your 46? If it was a lot of wasted shots, it's not that good. By that, I mean if you topped the ball and left it where it was, or hit a few out of bounds, or chili dipped a ton of chips, or missed a ton of short putts, then it means you've left shots out there. And it means you can learn from this, figure out what you need to practice, and then go back and shoot a better score in the not-too-distant future.
If you've never broken 50 before, and your goal was to get good enough to do so, and you did, then the 46 was fantastic.
It's not really whether or not 46 is good or bad, but whether it's an achievement for you, or whether you can learn from it.
Regardless, it means you stuck with a frustrating (but fun!) hobby for a while, and have some way to measure progress.
As for me, I'm not happy when I shoot 46 for 9 holes on the big Rancho course, so I can't say I'd be happy with your score. But I've been playing longer and I base a large portion of my free time on doing various things to get better at golf.
I learned to play on this course and I keep coming back on weekday mornings because I can play it in 45 minutes or less. When I started, I worked toward a 45 and was happy when I got it. Then I worked down to a 36 and was thrilled when I broke through. Now I keep approaching that magical 27. Twice I've come into 9 at even par and blown a short putt. Today I came into 7 at 1 under, and I missed that damn temp green, lost focus and missed left on 8 as well. There's a challenge here for every level. Can't beat it for $7.