Originally Posted by FlyinBryan
I'm pretty new to this sport so I'd like to ask what the more talented/experienced players are looking for to make a course challenging?
a course should be balanced with various types of shots (left, right, and straight), challenging lines, and difficulty that is both fair and challenging
more importantly, holes on a course should have score separation with opportunities for "risk and reward." a good hole might have two separate lines to the basket, giving a player the choice between a risky route for 2 but having the consequence of a bad kick that would card a 4, or a safer line to the basket to take a three.
John Houck writes some very good articles about course design for the PDGA's Disc Golfer magazine. he gives insight and explanation into what makes a good hole, risk and reward, etc.