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Perhaps it's time for a petition.I have written a note to Dr. Hawtree, and now I will write to the presidents of the various architects' societies around the world, asking them to take a stand on this matter. I will be happy to post the responses here. If they wish to lead opposition to the idea of changing the contours of The Old Course, then I will happily sign on. If they don't want to take a stand on this as a group, then I will start the petition myself, and ask every golf architect in the world to take a stand, one way or the other. It is up to the professionals in the field to stand for something. If the contours of The Old Course can be changed on the advice of just one architect who thinks he knows better, then there is nothing sacred in golf architecture, and all our work is consigned to be destroyed by future generations that think they know better (or are pressured to agree).I'll put down Scott Macpherson on the side of the enablers. I want to say "History will show he was wrong," but when you're on the side of erasing History, conveniently, you are also covering your tracks.
Tom – It's an interesting idea to try and line people up on this discussion, but if you want to do that, you need to clearly establish the question before you start putting people in camps. (NB– Soon Scotland is going to is going to have a referendum on Independence, and there is alot of debate about how the question is to be framed... so this is quite topical here)This subject always raises, and rightly so, questions about equipment, but it is probably more helpful that they are put to one side so we don't muddy the waters. So is your question;A) Is it right that The Old Course should be changed for the Open Championship? orB) Should any changes ever be made to The Old Course ever again? orC) Is it right that bunkers can be adjusted on The Old Course?D) Should Greens contours be adjusted on The Old Course? E) Something else...........etc etc My answer to these questions changes depending on the slant.I have little issue with the idea of adjusting bunkers based on the historical precedent established, but I react with much greater caution to the idea of adjusting the greens, green contours, green approach or surrounds undulations etc. So, have a think about the single question you want to pose and then please let me tell you what camp I am in.Cheers,Scott
I'm in, Tom.
Tom, I just called Ran and had me re-insistuted to specifically post on GCA for two things, this and the post on Robin Nelson.Consider me "IN" on any petition or other. Its time to go to battle. (If that's what its going to take)Stir Up The Echos......