Originally Posted by SloverUT
I am sure recommendations would work for some. But it would probably work to the extent that the signs at the ski courses do :).
Most people are going to play where ever they can. For example, there is only two par 3 courses in my area. One is in really bad shape and the other is in great shape. However, the one in great shape is pretty dang hard and would shred beginners.
Also, most courses aren't going to want to have the stigma of a recommendation for "Beginners/Bad players" play here..
I do agree with this too. Skill level doesn't necessarily dictate fast/slow play. Some of the slowest rounds I've ever played (5-6) hours were because I was stuck behind skilled golfers who lined up every putt as if it were to win the Masters. And those types of groups have always given me the most trouble when it comes to playing through.
I think the ski resort ratings actually work pretty well.
I agree that if you don't have a par 3, then you are obviously stuck. But I'm not sure I agree that a course wouldn't want to seem open to new / beginner / low skill players. Players who might be intimidated by a bigger course might see it as a way to get into the game and actually go to a course they otherwise woudn't have (although this would not have applied to my buddies). And more skilled players are probably already aware of courses in their area that are smaller or frequented by lesser players.
I would have thought the opposite might be true - a harder course would not want to scare away potential revenue by saying it might be a 'blue' or 'black' course. It definitely occurs to me why a course might not be in favor of some recommendations, but I'm not sure why the rest of the golfing world would be. It can only help, right?
And I think if there was some direction for lesser players, it could take some of the macho out - like the tee it forward campaign. I think they'd have more fun at an easier course. It might even spur more executive and 9-hole type courses to be built and thrive.
I don't have any stats, but I'd guess that unskilled, inexperienced players are taking up way more time on the course than a bunch of single digits striping it down the middle 260 every time.