Mark -My thought process goes something as follows:- All things being equal, it is always better to have more pin locations.- Things are not equal at TOC because of its unique historical importance- Hence the usually innocuous desire for more pin positions must overcome a presumption that you are tampering with a course of unique imprtance to the history of the game.- One way to overcome that presumption against changing TOC is to show that the pros are now butchering the course.- They aren't. To the contrary, the TOC is holding up remarkably well against the pros.- It follows that TOC should, to the extent reasonbaly possible, not be changed if the reason is simply to offer more challenging pin positions. In short, what is a laudable goal on most courses is one that carries special consequences at TOC. Consequences that should be avoided if at all possible.Bob
More to the point, they do use these pin positions... they just don't use them for the pros...
Rich, the Links Trust do not own the course, they are a statutory body appointed to manage St Andrews Links on behalf of the townspeople.
It will be just enough to make you think about what line you’ve got to take with the putter.