I agree with the idea that we need a few more 4s and 5s. It adds so much to the game to have longer shots or more difficult shots. We play all threes at our home course and hole 11 is just impossible. Im game for expanding! :)
Im just relating to ball and club golf I guess, which is not the sport in discussion. However, in golf.......the one with a little white ball.......courses are set up so players have the opportunity to birdie everything if they play well. A 600 foot hole, even if it is straight and clear all the way to the chains, is not set up to be birdied if you play by the new norm........all threes. The sign might say 4 which is how I would enjoy playing it but, if pros are playing that same hole as a three, then I would rather do that to try and make myself a better player. I just dont understand why they change par, if the sign says 4 than play it 4. Its simple. In ball golf, they dont have the pros shoot all threes just because its easier to keep score.......thats just lame. Just my opinion, courses say what par is on the post and Im all for sticking to that.......but who really cares what I think....
If you play tourneys more or play scored rounds you probably play all par 3s regardless of sign because it is so much easier to figure out your score on the score card that way. I try not to think about my score until the round is over during these events.
If you were just starting or if you're one that keeps track of score every hole then I can see why you'd go by par3s, 4s or 5s depending on the course. But in my experience veteran players go by all 3s when talking about a course and its usually newer players that give a score of a course based on the actual par of the course.