Sorry, forgive my geographic ignorance, its "up there" somewhere isn't it?
You'd be better off quitting while you're only slightly behind.
Or you could take another approach, perhaps seeking out why what you see in the photos as unnatural or unbefitting a golf course works so well.
And I'd leave out the parts concerning access and the state of private golf in the United States, it just makes you look like you have a chip on your shoulder. No one wants to get into a conversation with someone who has an agenda.
I'm flattered you had me only slightly behind, I thought I was way back there.
There is no agenda, I am just annoying. I think it is from a life of being a scientist and being taught from youth to question everything.
I suppose from experience there are two general ways in which those who dare to question received wisdom are dealt with.
The easiest way is to gather a group of like minded comrades, pin the unbeliever in a corner, point fingers and scream "he's a witch"
The more complicated approach, while still considering him an idiot, is to attempt to see where his coming from, and in so doing, lift his intellect to the point where he be brought into the fold.
If you tell me that RM or Dornoch are nice tracks, then I will go and look for myself as being a bit of simpleton, I need to experience things first hand.
But if you tell me FI is a nice track, then I struggle as I know that experiencing it first hand is not an option. These photos are lovely and a testament to the artistry of the photographer and the beauty of the region but they do not satisfy my innate curiosity. And so I ask questions.
My dear Prat Bill, I wont dip into your questions as they are beyond me. I have no knowledge of any of those things - I am still at the point where I know what I like but I don't know why. I can see where digging down into the theory might appeal to some, but I am not there yet but rather still focussed on how things were built rather than why they were built.