I think we might have gotten bogged down in some specific aspects of this like non-conforming clubs, balls and bigger holes. That changes the game a good bit. And I have no opinion on that or weather or not you would 'disrespect' the game by calling it that.
But I've been to that site and those aspects are only a small part of the discussion. Other things like making the game faster and more affordable are much more prevalent than the big hole idea. People have ideas for:
- how to speed up play on a regular course
- how to simplify the rules a little
- how to make courses less expensive to maintain
- making shorter courses
- promoting 9-hole play
- making courses much easier - which can speed up play and make it more fun
- making 12 hole courses
A lot of these ideas can take you from a $65, seven hour experience round trip to something that won't break the bank and won't take basically all day. This might not only get more people interested who find it cost/time prohibitive, but might take the once/month golfer and make him a once/week golfer.
Or - it could fail altogether. But I won't condemn them for talking about it. It is just to toss ideas around. And so far, I like some of those ideas. And have actually been incorporating them at my home course as a matter of behavior.
Sometimes I want to go play a little. Since I am a member, I get to walk on for free. So if I only have a couple hours, I'll often go and:
Hit a few balls
Walk the first 4 holes
Cut through to the par 3 course
Play the last 4 holes of the par 3 course
Which ends at the parking lot
I'm sure it isn't what the course envisioned and I couldn't pull it off if I wasn't a member. But I have essentially created a short, easy, playable course for myself for when I want to go bat it around a little - but don't have time to get fully involved in a whole round.
And I love it.