I've never understood the mindset that sees 3 doubles, 2 triples and one birdie as being more fun than 3 bogies and 3 pars. Since when did making par become boring for the typical 15+ handicapper? I like nothing more than starting a round with 4, 5 or even 6 straight pars. And if that means that I only use the driver once, then so be it. That is fun. Scoring as low as possible is fun. Scoring low on one hole at the expense of 4 others isn't. My only eagle in the last 3 years came this last May, and it was during a round where I shot 93, not a fun round despite the one good hole. But that wasn't because of poor course management, but because of a swing which somehow deserted me for the first half of the season this year. I normally play my home course fairly consistently in the low to mid 80's, with the occasional 78 or 79 to screw up my handicap. I didn't break 80 this year until 3 weeks ago, and that was on a round where I played smart all the way, and my full swing and putter were both working.
Just one more note. I played a course this July which I'd never seen before. It is a Craig Stadler designed course in the mountains here outside of Granby, Colorado called Grand Elk. It winds its way through a valley wetland, with lots of trouble, good bunkering (both fairway and greenside), and interesting but playable greens. The course is clearly designed for a good course manager. Most of the holes have generous landing areas, but not always for driver. And if you choose to use the driver on holes where it isn't advised, then the fairways neck down to almost nothing, with either bunkers one side and hazard on the other, or bunkers or hazard on both sides. Clearly a layout designed for the player who likes to think his way around the course. The course was great fun to play, and I shot an 87, a score which is very unusual for me on a course I've never seen before. I will be back there again this summer, just because the course was so much fun.