Hi Kelly,
I am sure the total par of a course of 18 holes is 72.
If you divide 72 by 18 you get 4.
So in designing a course you should have the same amount of par 3 holes as par 5 and most of the holes should be par 4. If you want a par 6 hole, then you should have two par 3 holes to balance the course out. What par is on each hole is based on the distance, so shorter distances should be par 3 and the longest ones should be par 5. Of course you can design anything you want but those rules guide official golf courses.
Here is from the Golf Wiki:
A hole is classified by its par, meaning the number of strokes a skilled golfer should require to complete play of the hole.[8] For example, a skilled golfer expects to reach the green on a par-4 hole in two strokes: one from the tee (the 'drive') and another, second, stroke to the green (the 'approach'); and then roll the ball into the hole in two putts for par. This would be termed a 'green in regulation' golf.
A hole is either a par-3, par-4 or par-5. Par-6 holes are extremely rare.

The key factor for classifying the par of a hole is the distance from the tee to the green. A typical par-3 hole is less than 250 yards in length, with a par-4 hole ranging between 251 and 475 yards,
and a par-5 hole being longer than 475 yards.
The rare par-6 can stretch well over 650 yards.

Eighteen-hole courses may typically comprise four par-3, ten par-4, and four par-5 holes, though other combinations exist and are not less worthy than courses of a total par-72. Many major championships are contested on courses playing to a par of 70, 71, or 72.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golf


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