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Can anyone here name a change that was made to a golf course that was done because those who made it thought it would make the golf course worse?
Can anyone here name a change that was made to a golf course that was done because those who made it thought it would make the golf course worse?This is the circle of life for golf courses. They are constantly changing and being tinkered with (all with good intent). Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The same goes for changes on golf courses. This is why all courses will constantly cycle through updates, improvements, modifications, tweaks, renovations, restorations, Ö call them what you want. So to answer your question, yes there are many examples and the last person to make the latest improvement will definitely agree with me I will throw out LACC. That course changed significantly over the years (some by tinkering some by major amounts of work). I wonder if Gil thinks he helped improve it
One of my concerns around Jacks tinkering with Muirfield Village is who is the tinkering for? Has the course gotten better for PGA tour level play, at the potential cost of general membership play? Does Jack look to this course as his masterpiece and does it have to be "perfect" for him, even if itís less than perfect for others?
Just read this article on the 16th and I'm wondering if this is really necessary?https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/golf/jack-nicklaus-likely-to-redesign-16th-hole-after-hearing-complaints-during-2023-memorial/ar-AA1c9fzp?ocid=hpmsn&cvid=fbcde136684144e8bb0a0f403da12ebe&ei=32Seems like they just need to limit how long it plays, I'm guessing it would be a lot more manageable for the Pros from 150-160 even with left to right wind.
Proportionally speaking - where do the the distance increases from the wound ball/persimmon era to the Pro-V/titanium era compare to the gutty to Haskell and hickory to steel conversions? Have the changes to Muirfield been any more drastic than what courses did through those previous convulsions? Likely, itís less dramatic.
I would be willing to bet most architects would love to tweak their original designs as time goes on for a wide variety of reasons. They would only be doing so if they felt they were making them better. Take for example TPC at Sawgrass since you mentioned Pete Dye. I played it very early in its existence and it is a different course today and I would say better. I think Pete realized that more than just the pros would be playing there and he wanted average golfers to be able to finish their rounds. Again, defining better is very subjective.
Tom,You're in a tough spot - if you don't make changes to the pro-hosting courses, someone else probably will. That mowing change at Memorial makes so much sense it probably got resistance....
Ted,Your original question is a good one, as it refers to tinkering by the guy who designed the course. That's quite a bit different from changes made by others.I've only played Crooked Stick a couple of times and don't have much knowledge of its changes over Dye's lifetime. At a macro level, what do you think of them? I'm a big fan of the course that's there now.