I have clicked on this thread like 5 times now thinking (hoping) it was about the Minimalist school of Golf Course architecture....lol.
Anyway..I think that this form of minimalist golf is a good way to work on your game from time to time, and I even keep a pretty minimal set at my in-laws in Colorado so I can have something to play with when I visit, and it always gives me a different perspective of the game when I do that. Do I hit my hybrid and take on the nasty green side bunkers? or hit the next highest club which is the 6I and lay way back and play for an angle? Fun times.
Glad the "USGA/PGA Tee It Forward" program was mentioned. That has been my guide for awhile along with what was posted some time ago on TST. BUT recently started using Golf Pad Tags GPS and What a surprise! Miscalculating my driver distance by 10-15 yards! I'm an old man but my pride is really hurt. Need to get to work on this. My first stop will be a launch monitor to confirm, as was also mentioned. Best, -Marv