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I played a course this morning which was nice but the greens were kind of small and they seem to make up for that by having a lot of internal undulation now that I'm back at my own course the greens are much larger and seem to me to be a minimum requirement for championship golf
Mike:I would have said it was the other way around.In fact, if I recall correctly, Tiger Woods got in big trouble with his friends at the WGA for dismissing Cog Hill [pre-renovation] as a possible major championship venue, because the greens were too big so it didn't fit the profile.The definition of "small" greens is slowly trending larger, but most older courses tend to have greens on the small side. Pebble Beach, as Jim Sullivan says, has about the smallest of them all.
Although most Open rota courses do have larger than average greens, Muirfield maybe being the exception.Common sense really. When the course is generally "bigger", the greens tend to scale up with it
Quote from: Ally Mcintosh on June 11, 2015, 01:55:42 AMAlthough most Open rota courses do have larger than average greens, Muirfield maybe being the exception.Common sense really. When the course is generally "bigger", the greens tend to scale up with itAllyI was thinking that with the exception of TOC the Open Rota courses have average to smallish greens. In fact, there are relatively few courses in GB&I that could be said to have large greens....and I bet most of these are modern. In any case Mayday, no, large greens are far from a requirment for championship golf.Ciao
AllyMaybe we disagree on what is a large green? Do me favour when its convenient, measure Beau Desert's greens. It would be interesting to compare those with a typical Open rota course.Ciao
Quote from: Sean_A on June 11, 2015, 05:44:56 AMAllyMaybe we disagree on what is a large green? Do me favour when its convenient, measure Beau Desert's greens. It would be interesting to compare those with a typical Open rota course.CiaoBeau Desert seems to have a really good mix of green sizes with quite a few that are considerably longer (43 to 47m) than your average Open rota course and 2 or 3 which are really quite small. But whilst it has some very long greens, in general they are all relatively narrow (15 to 18m). The bigger links courses tend to have a lot of wider greens... If you take a typical (I realise this is a big generalisation) Open rota green, it may be 34m deep by 24m wide.
Mayday,Is your question related to the fact that the USGA wants about 8 distinct "pinnable"areas for their tournaments? (i.e. four practice rounds, four competitive rounds)I recall this was the justification used to reduce the slope of the 12th and 15th greens at Merion.