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.."(17th)It's a pretty damn boring view."
Sadly, golf course architecture has never come close to scaling the heights it achieved between 1911 (when C.B. Macdonald opened his ideal course on Long Island) and 1937 (when Perry Maxwell constructed the first nine holes at Prairie Dunes). A look at any of the rankings in contemporary golf magazines reveals that an overwhelming majority of the top courses were created during this Golden Age. Recently, Golfweek magazine resorted to splitting their rankings into two eras, operating under the valide premise that it is not possible to compare more recent design work with the classics of the pastSo how did this happen? What made the Golden Age such a special time, and why hasn't anything since measured up to the superiority of this era?Geoff Shackelford, "The Golden Age of Golf Design"; pg. 3
Tom:I think I see what you're saying. Some courses are actually benefitting twice from tradition. Most likely, some tradition points are getting tacked on within "aesthetics" too, for example.You couple that with the number of people contributing to the survey and you could get an extraordinary bias.I'm not sure how you would go about getting rid of that though.
Tradition is an entirely valid criteria when rating golf courses. Frankly, I just don't understand everyone's objection to it. This game's foundation is rooted in tradition and history.
Tom H.,How on earth can some guy chipping in improve a golf course? Is the 17th a better hole because of it?Are we rating golf courses or experiences?Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against rating experiences. I just find it silly to pretend that one golf course is better than another because of a chip-in.
Tom H.,How on earth can some guy chipping in improve a golf course? Is the 17th a better hole because of it?
Yeah, each time I travel to Ireland, I stand on those great links and think "hmmm great stuff, but I where's the fine tradition of top pro tournaments? I think I'll have to downgrade them compared with the famous Scottish and English links."