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Gary Slatter

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Re:What can we learn anew from TOC?
« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2011, 12:02:46 PM »

Shivas should probably be burned at the stake like the witches of Salem for his heretical notion that a central bunker be built on #18.

And for those who think #18 is newly reachable, Jack Nicklaus drove the green all four rounds of the 1970 Open, and I think in the playoff as well.

I realize the first paragraph above is tongue-in-cheek, but that is precisely the mindset that disturbed me during the discussion about a bunker on 18 (and it wasn't a "central" bunker; as proposed, it would be in line with the left edge of the green).

For every thoughtful argument against the proposed bunker, there were three that more or less said, "We've found a blasphemer! Gather the kindling!"

Is that really the spirit we're trying to promote here? Don't we want to encourage heresy, at least for discussion's sake? Isn't this a better site when we ask each other "why?" and why not?" without condemnation?

And by the way, it was acknowledged that Nicklaus drove the green in 1970. That was part of the point -- we remember it, because it was stunning at the time. It isn't stunning anymore.

Rick, the OC 18th can handle the new golfer.  The OB and rough BEHIND the green are now more in play than ever before during competitions.
Gary Slatter


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