I am sorry to hear about the tough time you had out there. I was also surprised when I saw the map printing - the copies that I had printed at Kinko's back in December/January to vet the courses for the original meet date were much more readable. I am really not sure where in the process the quality got worse, but I'd love to find out.
The contour features are, indeed, extremely subtle. I think this area would do well with 2.5 meter contours and could certainly use an update. It is definitely worthy of another championship event sometime in the future.
Commiserating is fine, so thank you for that--I don't blame anyone. I know the difficulties getting the old map to look right, and I imagine it would have been pretty hard to set the controls in the right locations. Looking at how others did, some had troubles but I meant to say in my log that many did pretty well. I missed the event last year but did okay here previously. Maybe my eyes weren't up for it and my process can always use improvement.