>> You can make a rule for the course, for example,
>>manditory right side of oak tree in middle of course. If you miss,
>>you must go back and around this tree.
>Let me get in a quick vote *against* mandatories on disc golf courses. My
>gut reaction has always been, "Mandatories are the result of uncreative golf
>hole design." After all, you don't see golfers on Pebble Beach mando-ing
>around the majestic trees there....
In general I agree: far better to present the golfer with a puzzle to
solve (how do I get there from here) without constraining the
solutions. On the other hand, sometimes for course safety it's a good
idea to steer golfers away from driving down the adjacent fairway and
that sort of thing. In Austin, at Zilker Park, the 9-hole course has a
mandatory right-turn dogleg (an interesting problem for right-handed
throwers, actually) on hole, uh....seven. It's primarily to protect
people near the basket at hole 6, but it also makes what would be an
easy par and moderately easy bird into a challenging par and a very
rewarding bird. *Shrug*. Best if you have enough space to lay out
holes so they don't come anywhere near overlapping, but if you can't,
mandatories may save you some grief.
And of course, in ball golf, driving way off the fairway is often
o.b. as well, so it's not like THAT'S an unconstrained game....
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