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My least favorite highly ranked/regarded courses in the past few years have been Kapalua Plantation, Castle Stuart, Kingsbarns, and PH4. In all of the cases, there is no question that a 5 or 5+ hour round affected my opinion. But on reflection, is it really fair to use that as a criterion? Other than perhaps Kapalua, there is nothing inherent in the architecture that caused the slow play. They are popular and therefore crowded courses. On the other hand, our round at Ballybunion Old was slow, but it did not seem that way in part because I found the course complelling.Ira
You have named 4 courses that would not be famous if not for their neighborhood. You simply saw through the fog.