Jeff , whats the beef.. no comprende?
Obviously I articulated in brief but the design of a golf course is far more than pointing here and there and moving some dirt to build 18 greens. Don't see how you could construe what I said negatively at all.
The best of the best are able to take all the difficult stuff and tie it together ! We had a great discussion on this a long time ago an felt it was ripe for a replay.
Sorry to take off on you, but I recently saw another magazine photo of a GCA on a sand pro making minute changes to greens grades, but that is only a minute portion of what goes into golf design. Honestly, those 1/4 inch green contour changes might make a green greater, but only for a few select players who land in a specific spot when the pin is in a specific spot.
And your post starts with three of the smaller things to think about while emphasizing mostly construction aspects. Not to mention, I think many architects haven't been great organizers on site, or got along well with people, or had any PR savvy.
Golf course design (meaning getting to a final product) is a really a complex job, requiring inside and outside work, which is why I enjoyed (almost) every minute of it. When you think about it, every sq. ft. of a golf course should have had the architect think of what should be put there (or left alone) and why.... and how it affects every other aspect of the course and golfers! And, 80% of that, the golfer never sees, and if done really, really well, doesn't even think about, i.e., typically golfers only notice when something isn't quite right. Therein lies the real magic of good and great golf course architecture.
Sometimes, this site seems devoted to giving amateurs hope that they could actually design a few great golf holes. In the few cases I have seen in person over my four decades in architecture, none has come close, although my experience certainly isn't universal, LOL. But, hey, no real golf holes have been harmed in the making of this internet site, LOL. And, for all the guys I have hired, I know I teach them a lot about architecture, but I couldn't teach them to be great architects. (I understand, that was part of your point) They either were or weren't inherently good architects.
The short version is, while I understand none of us has the time to devote to making totally perfect posts on this site (including me.....) I felt your post really undervalued the value of architecture.