Did the architect intend the use of the white stone in their design? Regardless, do any of us think there are any professional players that don’t know exactly where every hole is located before they tee off or play their approach shot? They know right where they are. Providing a pin sheet is just a quicker way for the rest of us to find out. Again we don’t need to use it if we don’t want to. And as I said, the FAR MAJORITY of golfers are just trying to end up somewhere on the green so it helps them very little. No disrespect, but most of the information golfers get, they can’t use anyway because they are not that good. I am a 1 index and if my ego allowed it I would probably be lower by just aiming at the middle of most greens and my score might go down.
The simple rule of thumb on Golf Club Atlas is, Mark Fine is usually on the wrong side of the argument.
As an architect, I can say that I don't really like giving golfers extra information about how to play the course. I'm not often trying to deliberately deceive them, but I would prefer if they employed their own brain power to figure out how to attack my defenses, instead of relying on artificial devices.
I really dislike the front/middle/back rotation found on many courses, including all of them at Bandon, last I looked. It's just so rote, and it doesn't take the wind into account. Just like the golfers, I'd love for the maintenance crew to employ a little of their own brain power.
More and more, at the high-end clubs with lightning fast greens, the hole locations are set by a computer app that takes inputs on wind and green speed and where the hole has been in the last week, and tries to find a balance for the day's locations. And that app will also spit out a pin sheet for the pro shop, so it doesn't take any more of the maintenance crew's time -- they just have to pace out where to cut the holes.
It was more of an adventure in the days when the members were subject to the mood of the guy who cut the holes. I remember at Piping Rock when we were doing the renovation work, the golf chairman told me that the holes were set by a guy on the crew who was a recovering alcoholic, and the members could tell how he was doing when they played each Saturday.