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America is the land of competing brands, and it seems to me that there's plenty of room for golf courses of at least two types -- those with yardages on sprinkler heads and colored flags, and those without. I like yardages on sprinkler heads and colored flags (I believe they save me a bit of indecision in club selection) but I also believe I would very much enjoy a quality course that had neither (or rakes, for that matter.)Seems to me we can achieve what we want in less than a decade if our ideal of a totally natural, undecorated golf experience is presented by a couple of prestigious courses -- Friar's Head is a good start, but there ought to be some public courses in the mix, as well. If it's good, it will catch on. Look at beer sales in America; 20 years ago, who would have thought a Sam Adams could succeed, or that microbreweries and imports would make any significant dent in our nation's supposed taste for watery domestic suds?A few highly-praised natural courses could have the same impact. They won't change golf as we know it (Budweiser still does pretty well), but they certainly could provide a popular alternative.
Dan Kelly (tm):You said you and some others you mentioned are:(1) Midwesterners and, (2) not richMy God man, I had no idea! I'm so sorry! How can you bear it? What can we do to help?