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* Regarding Riviera the American author Geoff Shackelford said "from an architectural point of view, (the changes) are awful."
Could just one of the Golfweek raters tell us how many people need to see a course for it to be eligible? 5, 10, 20, 30?
As pointed out before (and now deleted?), the great improvement of the rating of Atlantic, Cassique and Kiawah after hosting a Golfweek panelist outing is very fishy! Shouldn't this question of rater's objectivity at least be discussed?
Could just one of the Golfweek raters tell us how many people need to see a course for it to be eligible? 5, 10, 20, 30?Surely this is not a secret? It would seem to settle many of the disputes here over excellent courses making and not making the list.
John ConleyYou write “I don't like onions. Therefore, I don't consume them. If you don't like Brad's Golfweek lists, don't consume them.”Easy for you to say since u r a golfweek rater so everyone is clear on this.How do you think people in the golf business who are affected by these rankings would respond to your “don’t consume them” absurdity? These rankings may be lots of fun for you and get you access to many courses, but they won’t change your life one bit. Not the case for many people in the business. So why don’t you consume that and get real.
I think the idea that one cannot openly differ with the Golfweek ratings is incredibly arrogant. Is this North Korea or Iraq? The fact is that the ratings are supposed to be entertaining and thought provoking, which these are. There is a lot not to like about the Golfweek lists. I don't really like their criteria, and I don't really like the distinction between older and newer courses. However, I do appreciate having had several courses pointed out to me. Moraine, which came onto my radar screen via the Golfweek ratings is a far better course than its Golf Digest ranked neighbor NCR. All of these processes are highly imperfect and can be improved. Those of us who are involved in them should take the impact we have on other people extremely seriously.