I can tell you one reason why adopting a par strategy is always a good idea to me.. it's to go For gold. iit's the excitement of pulling of a shot that only the good can pull off. if my buddies are paring every hole because they have the confidence and talent to hit a long iron over the lake rather then play they conservative approach then so do I. the worse case scenario is the Nike mojo being water bound and I have to drop a new one. best case scenario is my ball goes right were I want it to and I throw my club in the air and scream for joy asking my friends if they want dad to teach them how to hit like that. my opinion as a 100+ bogey golfer is to not worried about the scorecard cause it's never good. my best games are played when they lie and tell me that we are not keeping score. that's when my game drops to an unbelievable low.... but then they tell me before the back nine and the competitor takes over and I start thinking to much about what needs to be done and not what I want to do.... moral of my story, I'd rather go hit the ball the way I'd like to and not the way I should "others opinions not mine" as to what should be hit. trial and error my friend.
rkim and greenln, I hear you. That is certainly fun. I just didn't think that was what we were talking about. CR was presenting scenarios and how they might be played. And I automatically assumed the strategies we offered up would have the goal in mind of scoring the best we can on the hole. If we are talking about the most fun shot to try even if you will score worse - then I'd go for it every time. But I'm not sure that was the goal. I've seen other scenarios posted in other threads (some recently by Iacas and others) and I'm convinced they were posted with the goal in mind of how to best score on the hole. They were backed up with stats and probabilities. And I don't think they were looking for responses based on go for it no matter if it causes you to get an 8 most of the time. If our answers aren't based on scoring the best, I'm not sure why we'd answer.
You write, "Adopting a par strategy is always a good idea to me." In my opinion, there are many situations in a round of golf where this strategy will cost you strokes. I never said it would be more fun to lay up than to go for it or that it would make you play more like your buddies. If you want to go hit a bunch of balls in the water, hit 'em. If you want to score better, don't. I was just explaining how I thought you (or I or we as bogey golfers) would score better. I didn't mean to make the game less fun for you.