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July 22, 2004

Are links courses cow pastures?

The British Open is over and we once again had a glimpse at one of the finest golf courses Scotland has to offer. I find it amusing how the people that love links courses will defend them to their grave. We've all heard the arguments that links courses are how golf was meant to be played, links golf is not for us spoiled Americans who play on such nicely manicured courses. Spoiled because we know how to effectively maintain a golf course? What's that all about?

Yes, when golf was invented there were no sprinklers or fancy mowers, but the times have changed and Americans have taken to modern technology very nicely. There are a lot of great links courses in the US, I played one in Denver last month. Over here we keep the fairways and greens green. If a golf course like Royal Troon were in the US we would make fun it. Check out Pasture Golf for a look at how we Americans mock courses just like Royal Troon.

I think all of you so called golf purists out there that think golf courses should look like they did hundreds of years ago, should put away your Scotty Cameron putters, the $500 Taylor Made drivers and your PRO V1 balls. If you think golf was meant to be played on a cow pasture like your ancestors did, fine, but stop playing with the modern equipment and go back to what was being played back then.


OnePuttGolfer said...
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Bunker said...

The courses in Britain are well-maintained, and the game is played differently. I wouldn't trade a nice tree-lined course from the US for one of theirs, but it is certainly nice to play a different game once in a while.

OnePuttGolfer said...

Larry, Larry, Larry. You sound like one of those spoiled Tour players who complain because a U.S. Open is set up for a winning score of Par rather than 25 under.

The color green does not equate to a good golf course. Yes, many of the best golf courses in America are lush and green but many of those same courses would be a whole lot better if allowed to dry out and firm up just a little bit. Shinnecock certainly was not green and lush for the U.S. Open. At best it was a patchy mixture of green and brown and that is arguably one of the best course we have to offer.

Golf courses are what make the game great. They all have there own characteristics and their own set of challenges. You can build identical layouts in Texas and New Hamshire and the courses will play completely different because of the wind, the temperature, or the time of year. The color of the grass makes no difference at all. Just ask a snowbird playing Bethpage Black in December.

If anything Larry, it is lush green courses that are made for the Scotty Cameron swinging, Pro VI hitting, wanna-be golfers. A green course can be just as misleading as the equipment they spend their $reen on.

Both course and player are what they are and GREEN will not make either one any better.

Sorry Larry but this putt came up a bit short. No worries though. I tapped it in for you.

OnePuttGolfer said...

Sorry Larry. I did not mean to delete the first posting. The first posting was to direct you to I created the blog to help keep you from three putting,

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