Good golfers may often refer to a 245-yard par 3 or 285-yard par 4 as par 3 1/2's. It is striking how focused golfers are on par, to the point that they feel content making 4 on a very long par 3, but walk away disappointed with the same score on a short par 4. In the former situation, golfers feel compelled to reach the green in one shot (a difficult task owing to the length) because of the par assigned to the hole. In the latter scenario, the assigned hole par allows them two strokes to cover a relatively short distance, and golfers feel they should be able to make up a stroke on "old man par". Golf is a mental game, and the value of half-par holes is to accentuate the mental nature of the sport, leading golfers into making poor decisions and often, poorer outcomes. These negative outcomes tend to stick with golfers for the remainder of their round and can lead some to compound errors by trying to get back what was lost.
|The 14th hole at Dormie Club in West End, North Carolina is a 296-yard par 4. Ideal placement from the tee must fight the terrain and is more important than length.|
|An approach from the right side of the fairway must contend with a carry over the green side bunker and...|