What is your take on plaques commemorating events/persons on a(n) historic course?
Generally, if it can be done modestly and it's not a distraction, I don't think it detracts from the experience.
I remember being surprised where Hogan's plaque was at Merion. I started to appreciate Hogan's course management more when I recognized how much he throttled down off the tee to allow for a flat lie for his approach to the green.
Of course, I recall we had a plaque commemorating John Daly's win at Atlanta Country Club during the BellSouth Classic. I think it lasted a week before it was either stolen or tossed into the 18th lake. No one ever had enough enthusiasm to replace it. Historically, it wasn't especially eventful anyway. Perhaps there should be a 10-year moratorium before you can add a plaque. Sometimes I think we're in too much of a hurry trying to elevate an event to "all-time greatest" status.
Isn't there a plaque by the 17th tee at Cypress Point? I'm trying to recall what it said. I think I remember photographing it because I liked it; but, I'm drawing a blank.
Merion, Hole 11
Merion, Hole 18