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There are those who have felt that the ranking given to TCC is, dare I say it, a fraud. Not only is the composite course rarely played, but, the second hole is converted from a short par 4 to a par 3. The 9th and 10th holes are eliminated as is the par 3 12th which creates a Long walk from # 11 green to the 13th tee. # 14 is created by combining the par 4 1st and the par 3 2nd holes of the primrose nine into a par 4. The next hole is a par 5 converted to a par 4.How any golf magazine could seriously rank a golf course that is practically non-existant is beyond me. I believe it is a concession to the Boston media and regionalism.
I am not a fan of in-course out-of-bounds. I do not appreciate paying over $200 in greens fees for my each of wife and I, as well as about $400 a night for the hotel room that gets me in, being told that I am playing a Scottish-type links course, and then being given a green-grass, soaking-wet, typical American course. To be honest, it would probably have cost me less to go to Scotland - and I would have gotten a Scottish-type links for real!Also, I have been fortunate to have played golf with someone who was part of the design/build team at Spanish Bay. He told me of his extreme disappointment as well over how "wet" and "Americanized" it has become and he was glad to no longer be associated with it as well.
Matt Ward,The wilderness influence is also a factor.When you're from New York City, Chicago, Philladelphia, Los Angeles, Dallas and other city and urban sprawl environments the unencombered great outdoors has great appeal. It represents a radical departure from the environment we live in, and as such it's intoxicating.Put apartment buildings and condos next to Sand Hills or bring Sand Hills into Queens and a good deal of that appeal would be lost.