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This is interesting to me as well - and what I want to know is HOW is "Enjoyable Difficulty" designed?Why is Pine Valley so fun - when it is also so penal? It can't be just the difficulty, because we know that many have followed that path to a dead end. Difficulty in itself does not make a golf course fun.What other factors come into play to balance the pleasure with the pain? What of these factors can be controlled by a designer?
Adam,I would venture to say that a lot of the enjoyment comes from the "Holy sh*t, I'm playing PINE VALLEY" factor.