Courses with multiple pin positions are like 18 dial padlocks (numbers ranging between 1 – 3). I’m not much for math, but that’s a huge number of unique combinations or layouts (387,420,489 to be precise). My goal was to maintain a historical record of each unique layout and the time frame, but I had other objectives too. One was to track the hot rounds posted on each layout and the other was to develop recurring layouts that people recognize by name. So, numbers are out (no character), colors (too few), letters (no), dates (yes, but need more), codes (sure, but no character) that leaves names. What kind of names? Trees? People? Random? Animals? Animals conjure up images of both size and character allowing for flexibility within a given Par range. Imagine all of the Par 3s and 4s are in the easiest positions on one layout and are in the most challenging in another, you end up with the same “PAR” but dramatically different difficulties (Slope Rating in traditional golf). So, some day you might shoot a 54 on the Par 63 Sheep Layout and then post a 59 on the Par 63 Wolf Layout and have similar rated rounds.