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Pat, how has Mountain Ridge been affected architecturally by next year's US Senior Am?It hasn't been affected "architecturally"It may have been affected, in terms of accelerating work already planned.
Malcolm & Jim,Was Ron Prichard's work for the club in general or specifically for preparation for an event ?I always thought it was independent of any event, but, I'm not that familiar with the club/work.
getting the us open might have promoted the interest in pinehurst no 2, leading to Coore Crenshaw recent work
Quote from: Philippe Binette on February 09, 2011, 08:40:44 PMgetting the us open might have promoted the interest in pinehurst no 2, leading to Coore Crenshaw recent workThe US Open may have contribnuted to the degradation of #2, particularly the narrowing of fairways and elimination of angles.Phil,I couldn't agree more.Bringing the Open to Pinehurst # 2 ruined that golf course.But, I've only been playing it for 50 years.[/b]Where did the impetus for restoring #2 come from, since it sounds like some of the US Open style features - i.e. rough lines - are being removed? The course was commercially very successful even as the architecture deteriorated - $400 a pop and pretty much full all the time. A US Open sans rough - which the USGA appears to have embraced - is an exciting prospect.
Bethpage Black. It has turned into a Mecca now for the almost 2 handicap and may be the hardest course to get on in New York if you are 6'6" and don't want to sleep in a SUV but there is no question it is an amazing course due to the US Open. Could it be better? Yes. There is a part of me that misses the days when you could walk up because it was "walking only" and the bunkers has wet concrete in them, but again it is now a better course.
Quote from: Patrick_Mucci on February 09, 2011, 10:50:47 PMMalcolm & Jim,Was Ron Prichard's work for the club in general or specifically for preparation for an event ?I always thought it was independent of any event, but, I'm not that familiar with the club/work.Not 100% sure, but they hosted a US Junior in about 1998 and a Senior PGA Championship in about '03 and now the AT&T event in '10 and '11 due to a partnership of sorts with Congressional. I think the work was planned and completed in the late 90's early 2000's. I wasn't involved in the actual discussions of undoing the RTJ and Fazio features to the course, but I think it was a mix of wanting to bring the original Donald Ross design intent back with an eye to a hosting future USGA and PGA events... and the AT&T is definitely seen as a springboard to major. I think the ultimate goal is likely a major but I can't be sure.
I would turn it around: has any classic course ever been improved by changes made to host a USGA or PGA event?