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I would turn it around: has any classic course ever been improved by changes made to host a USGA or PGA event?
Quote from: Jason Connor on March 19, 2008, 09:37:10 AMBethpage Black. Sure I heard it was great. But I didn't realize how great. I liked it better than Oakmont, the only other US Open venue I've played (until June when Torrey gets added to my list). And I just love playing a walking only course.Jason, I'm with you on Bethpage Black. That was probably my biggest pleasant surprise. I figured it was all typical New York hype going in...
Bethpage Black. Sure I heard it was great. But I didn't realize how great. I liked it better than Oakmont, the only other US Open venue I've played (until June when Torrey gets added to my list). And I just love playing a walking only course.
TPC Sawgrass has reaped great benefits by hosting the Players Championship.That wasn't the question.TPC Sawgrass was designed to host PGA Tour events.The question was/is,: what courses have been improved, architecturally by hosting a US Open, PGA or for that matter, any PGA Tour event ?How have they been improved, architecturally [/b]When it opened it was considered to be grotesque and too hard even for the best in the world. Over the years many of the more crazed green contours and murderous pot bunkers have been removed.The course is still considered absurdly difficult for your average golfer. I can only imagine what it was like in 1982.
Pat,Last year I played two professional event venues.We went around the lower course at Baltusrol in September and they were doing major renovations of the bunkering on holes 14 and 15, mostly deepening and reshaping. It seems that the club has a perpetual improvement program in place in order to "keep up". The question is "where do you say enough is enough?" The answer is "never". Will it result in architectural improvement remains to be seen.Played a match at Aronimink in October and had not seen the course in 15 years. Wow!, the architect did a wonderful job of bringing the Ross'yness back to a course that had been mangled, in my opinion, over several prior renovations. Is it my favorite Ross course?, not by a long shot. Yet, it is one tough set of 18 holes with a lot more character than it used to have even though it os still not a track that you won't struggle to remember certain holes . The green complexes are original, I think, but the club now mows down and around to create a vexing array of chipping areas which, combined with the wild contours and slopes of the greens require a lot of imagination. I could see a major here someday.