This discussion group is best enjoyed using Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.
During a match at our home course this week, a fellow asked me "Is this a Pete Dye course?"The fellow plays on a Donald Ross course, but could not connect the two courses. They are not dissimilar.I realized that many people simply offer a name of an architect that they have heard or read.To the untrained and unread eye and mind, bunkers are bunkers. Greens are greens. Fairways are fairways.
It's the same with paintings, most people not only don't know who the artist is, but could care less. They are just not interested. I have a friend who has an important worldclass train collection, who knows nothing about golf or art, and he is a very bright guy.
I'll be spending a week with a bunch of untrained and unread minds at Pinehurst next week...I am looking forward to listening to the debate concerning Cradle v. Hay.One thing I do know is that these guys won't be taking practice swings in greenside bunkers just cause some starter says that every inch of sand on the course is a waste area.
Has failing to know or care about the architect ever cost anyone a shot or an ounce of enjoyment?