Years ago, when Moe and Ron were at their statewide golfing peak, the Top 18 was a pretty good reflection of where to play in the state and one of the major subjects of debate on the site. Every now and then someone will still make reference to it, but it seems to have mostly become something of a forgotten corner of the site.
We, the people, can bring it back.
I propose that over the winter, we rank the Top 18 courses in KY here on the forum and get them ready for an early spring unveiling. Here's how the process will work:
1. We'll collect course nominations. Any course that anyone feels is a potential Top 18 course can be entered, as long as it's available to public access.
2. We'll figure out what criteria we want to evaluate these courses on (this is the real trick. We can't just have people list their own Top 18, because few of us have played all the contenders and that would give a huge advantage to courses within 30 minutes of Louisville or Lexington. We'll rank on specific criteria, similar to how Golf Digest and other magazines do their ratings).
3. Each course will get its own thread in which anyone who has played it can offer their ranking. This should give us lots of stuff to debate and discuss (hence the reason for doing this over the winter, as it'll give us a chance to keep the site active with a little discussion and argument).
4. Once every course has been evaluated, I'll compile the results as a numeric score for each course and we'll have our new People's Top 18, a definitive guide to the best courses to play in 2012.
Simple enough. The point of this thread, then, is to accomplish task 1 and 2. If you think a course should be nominated, mention it in a reply post (we'll go ahead and automatically include everything currently in the Top 18, and I'll add Picadome and Griffin Gate to that list).
We also need to figure out our rating criteria. Golf Digest uses the following categories on a 1-10 scale: Shot Values (counts double), Resistance to Scoring, Design Variety, Memorability, Aesthetics, Conditioning and Ambience.
I'm voting we use a 1-5 scale instead, because it's a little more condensed and easier to define (1-poor, 2-below average, 3-average, 4-good, 5-exceptional). I also think categories like "shot values" and "ambience" may not be appropriate because they're so hard to define. I like the idea of keeping resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, and conditioning. What categories should we add to replace shot values and ambience? What other categories would you want to add or eliminate (or combine into one)?
Basically, tell me how you'd like to have us rank courses.
"Focus on golf. Screw everything else." - Earl Woods