Ya, that would be very similar to my own views.
We have 4 Par 4's on our course that measure
453 yards, the 1st, a nice gentle start to your round into the prevailing wind
435 yards, the 3rd, which is slightly downhill
430 yards, the 15th, with the prevailing wind normally but a dogleg makes a long approach
415 yards, the 16th, the "shortest" of the longer hole but it most often plays the longest, uphill and into the wind.
A good drive and 3 wood would just about get you to the green on most days! (And I wouldn't be a short hitter at all)
I've never had an iron into the 1st or 16th (index 1 & 2) and I think 9 iron and 7 iron were the lowest clubs I have played into the 3rd & 15th respectively.
Our course plays 6,800 yards, it's too much in my opinion.
Par 3 average is 179 yards
Par 4 average is 408 yards
Par 5 average is 495 yards
Saying that, the length is the main defense of the course.
It is nice to get out to shorter courses though and get chances to hit a few wedges or high irons into the green for a change.
I love seeing a good short difficult par 3, it's something that should be fundamental to the game, I think far too many of the newer courses went crazy for packing courses with long par 3's.