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Greg, a great post. I've always been interested in TV technology, and these telecasts, and earlier years CBS has shown portions of, tell a story of technical progress.
What there is of 1972 was interesting from several aspects.
1. The use of the Ampex video-replay disk, which could hold 30 seconds of video, for a replay of Jim Jamieson's approach on 17 and freezing it with the ball in the air.
2. The use later of a hand-held camera for Nicklaus' approach the cable is clearly shown for a moment and that the big camera on a cart for tee-shot receive on the other side of Nicklaus was useless with the gallery in the way, as it was only a few feet off the ground.
3. The electronic graphics. CBS Labs was the leader in second-generation electronic titles to replace the cards used since the start of TV. The font was one of its early ones CBS News and NBC, which contracted for a set, got the first two.
4. And the continuing use (and into the 1980s, I think, though I haven't gotten that far) of the master scoreboard in Butler Cabin, with everything put up by hand. It's on the 1968 telecast and all those after.

Thanks, Tim. I've always had a bit of an obsession with The Masters telecasts (the first one I remember watching was Charlie Coody in '71 when I was 14) and by extension, CBS Golf, for reasons that aren't totally clear to me. I suppose some of the attraction was how the event signifies the coming of Spring and in the early years it offered a visual treat unlike anything else I'd ever seen. Plus here in my part of Canada this was the only CBS golf event we would receive all year (CBS didn't appear on our cable system here until the late '80s) so it was a treat in that respect too.

My viewing has now entered the '80s. I was very disappointed in the 1980 telecast as offered here, as it is severely limited. The first half has no CBS commentary or graphics at all, just ambient sound, seeming almost like an edited series of shots without a whole lot of continuity. No idea where that came from. The last half does have the commentary track and seems close to what aired, but there are occasional quick cuts of stuff that Chirkinian would never allow to be seen, like a handheld camera changing position so all you see in the turf and the cable as the operator walks it to the next shot. No Butler Cabin ceremony either with the infamous Hord Hardin question to Seve about how tall he is.

In the early 80s broadcasts the commentary team changed a bit, with Clive Clark coming on for a few years as another English voice, taking over from Jack Whitaker and doing a good job, Steve Melnyk starting his run with CBS, and Gary Bender, a CBS staff announcer, taking over from Jim Thacker. I had forgotten about Bender and thought he did a good job on golf, maybe better than on some of his other CBS assignments.

The technical progress is interesting to watch. The use of the  Ampex disc seemed to be mostly in the early to mid-70s and for a while in those years they seemed in love with it, with lots of replays of shots ending in a sometimes awkward freeze-frame. In that same timeframe they liked to use a split-screen with a shot of the player on one side and a camera view following the shot on the other side. The electronic titles really changed a lot and fairly quickly, moving from the skinny dot matrix look of the early '70s to a more typeface font to the blocky font CBS News and Sports both used in the mid-70s. But in '78, CBS Golf used a very '70s-looking stylized font for that one year before changing again the next year to a straightforward wide sans-serif italic front that morphed by '82 to the slightly heavier multicolor version of it they used through the '80s. But I think the last year for the old manual leaderboard seemed to be '75 as in '76 they used an electronic leaderboard graphic and I don't recall seeing it since that telecast. Surprised it hung around that long.

The other thing that they did for a few years which I found bizarre and a bit annoying seemed to be a Chirkinian affectation. In the early/mid '70s when a player had a long putt that would require several seconds to get to the hole, he would rapidly switch a series of quick cuts from a close view of the ball moving, to the player's face, back and forth 4 or 5 times over the course of the putt. It was like an early version of an '80s music video without the music.

Speaking of music, the Loggins "Augusta" theme is indeed heard in the '81 telecast. By '82 they had also adopted the rather flowery-looking and very '80s-style"The Masters" logo on their graphics package to go along with it in place of the traditional AGNC map logo, which thankfully has returned for the last number of years. 

Who will be the first of us to find which year CBS went from calling people fans and spectators and going to "patrons"?

Haven't heard that yet. Vin Scully did call them a "crowd" in the late '70s and surprisingly, he survived that faux pas.
Golf Course Architecture / Re: Reunderstanding Ross
« Last post by Sven Nilsen on Yesterday at 10:01:53 PM »
Around 1924 and 1925 the golf scene in Sarasota, FL exploded.  Ross was at the center of this work.

The article below discusses three courses that were either being contemplated or were already in the works.  The Longboat Key course is evident, and the reference to the course near Indian Beach (this was the Sara Bay/Whitefield course). 

The third course noted is a bit of a mystery.  Andrew McAnsh was a developer who built the Mira Mar Hotel around this time.  In doing so he received a bit of a deal from the city on property taxes.  The timing of this course fits with the start of the Bobby Jones municipal course project, but the article makes this sound like McAnsh was building his own course.

I forgot that CBS had Vin Scully back then. What a treat. Plus Venturi and Summerall.

Seems like Watson, Seve, and Kite were in the top five every single year for a very long time.

I believe I had watched bits and pieces going back to 1982 or '83 when I was just a young kid. The first one I remember watching significant portions of was 1985. I know the first edition that I watched in its entirety, from start to finish, was the very next year. Of course, none since then have bettered it :)
Golf Course Architecture / Re: Silly that 16 at Bay Hill is a par 5.
« Last post by Matthew Rose on Yesterday at 09:08:04 PM »
I might be mistaken, but wasn't 16 played as a par 4 for a few years?

It was for the first 30 years it was open. Was originally designed that way. I don't believe it was ever a par-five until around 1990 or so. They've added 60 or 70 yards to it over time and that's why the tees now protrude into the lake.

At one time the 1st hole was a par five and the 4th was a par four. Arnie's made the thing over quite a few times. I think the nines might have even been flipped very early on in its history.

I also remember when the pond on #18 was bulkheaded instead of having the rocks.
Golf Course Architecture / Re: Courses that Fight their location
« Last post by Sean_A on Yesterday at 09:02:43 PM »
I think Kington is a good example.  The site is fairly hilly making the golf gravity based.  The man-made features tame the gravity element of the course to some degree.  The thing is, this is good architecture.  I am not too worried about fighting against the site, it depends on how and why.  Pinehurst was an example of fighting the site but toward a negative outcome.  It didn't seem to matter...archies, pundits, raters etc...still loved the course.   

Golf Course Architecture / Re: Silly that 16 at Bay Hill is a par 5.
« Last post by Pete_Pittock on Yesterday at 09:00:39 PM »

It is a par 5 for viewership. We keep score over TV relative to par, and seeing a hole where a player can pick up two shots in one hole makes it exciting.  For the players it is about picking up or defending their positions against the course,the field, the leaders and those within their own competitive sphere within the tournament.
Entertainment pure and simple.

Apologies as I have not read the rest of the responses.
Golf Course Architecture / Re: ANGC - A Retro Photo Tour
« Last post by Dave Maberry on Yesterday at 08:55:24 PM »
The photo of #1 showing a large house behind the green... are you sure that is ANGC? The photos before and after that one show a fully mature pine forest in that space.

A plan early on to raise money was for lots to be sold and winter houses to be built, see map #3 in Post #1. Only one lot was sold and the house was built behind first green. The house remained until 1977 when the club bought the lot and tore down the house.
Golf Course Architecture / Re: ANGC - A Retro Photo Tour
« Last post by Wayne_Kozun on Yesterday at 08:54:49 PM »
Just incredible to me that the powers to be don't see certain features and restore them. IMHO the bunkers are far superior in the MacKenzie style.
So true - pretty much the only MacKenzie styled bunker that remains is the one on 10 that is useless from a strategic perspective.  How often do players in the Masters ever find themself in that bunker?
Golf Course Architecture / Re: ANGC - A Retro Photo Tour
« Last post by Joel_Stewart on Yesterday at 08:37:10 PM »
Just incredible to me that the powers to be don't see certain features and restore them. IMHO the bunkers are far superior in the MacKenzie style.
Golf Course Architecture / Re: AZ golf -- My Ten Best ...
« Last post by Joel_Stewart on Yesterday at 08:33:56 PM »
Here's GD's Best in State:

1 . (1)]The Estancia Club, Scottsdale 2. (2) Forest Highlands G.C. (Canyon), Flagstaff ≈3. (4) The Stone Canyon Club, Oro Valley ≈4. (3) Whisper Rock G.C. (Upper), Scottsdale ≈5. (6) Whisper Rock G.C. (Lower), Scottsdale ≈6. (5) Pine Canyon Club, Flagstaff7. (7) Desert Highlands G.C., Scottsdale ≈8. ( Forest Highlands G.C. (Meadow), Flagstaff9. (12) Desert Forest G.C., Carefree ≈10. (10) Desert Mountain Club (Chiricahua), Scottsdale11. (11) Silverleaf Club, North Scottsdale12. (9) The Rim G.C., Payson13. (18) Desert Mountain Club (Geronimo), Scottsdale14. (17) Scottsdale National G.C. (Mineshaft), Scottsdale15. (19) Quintero G.C., Peoria ^16. (14) Mirabel G.C., Scottsdale17. (16) Desert Mountain Club (Renegade), Scottsdale18. (13) Troon C.C., Scottsdale19. (21) We-Ko-Pa G.C. (Saguaro), Fort Mcdowell ^20. (22) The G.C. At Chaparral Pines, Payson21. (New) Wickenburg Ranch G. & Social C. (Big Wick), Wickenburg ★22. (New) TPC Scottsdale (Stadium), Scottsdale ★23. (20) The Club At Seven Canyons, Sedona24. (25) Ritz-Carlton G.C. At Dove Mountain (Saguaro/Tortolita), Marana ★25. (24) Troon North G.C. (Monument), Scottsdale

Interesting list.  Apparently Ron Whitten visited a few weeks ago, shot 110 and pleaded with Parsons to open it up to panelists. That was rejected.

Based on this list, IMHO "The other course" would rank #1.  It's far superior to Estancia. There are no homes although a few member villas are under construction as well as Parsons personal home which is mainly hidden. It has a 6-6-6 setup with the par 3s outstanding. We played it at 6,777 yards but the back tees go to 7,165.

The Bad Little Nine is a hoot. Holes run from 88 yards to 153. The greens are large with some very unusual undulations. A few greens have very small shelves that are about 10x10 which would make for near impossible pin spots. On Fridays they put the pin on those locations and apparently play member games.

The clubhouse is outstanding. It's a one story adobe Indian style with tile. Under construction is a large complex home to PXG. I have no doubt it will be a high tech oasis for club fitting and practice by the PGA tour players.

Kudos to the architectural team of Jackson Kahn who are very inovative yet fair. Also Pinnacle golf design and Ken Alperstein for the Landscape architecture which is amazing considering this site was primarily flattened by Lyle Anderson before Bob Parsons purchased it.

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