Extend Courses or Keep Them The Same?
With the ever-changing equipment, stronger players and better technology are longer courses really needed?
Recently the talk in the golf world has been about extending courses, to make up for these bombers we see on Tour today.
But, like many others in the golf world, I don’t believe that is the answer.
First off, Erin Hills was supposed to be that long course that tested everyone for the U.S. Open.
Well…Brooks Koepka won the thing at -16…
Patrick Reed played a practice round where Erin Hills measured about 8,000 yards and he shot a 70…
So what is the answer? Limit clubs? Put regulations on balls?
I think the only solution, may be the simplest…Change the course that you have to work with.
Instead of a 9,000-yard course do stuff with the 7,500 yard course you already have in front of you.
Let’s look at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for example.
This course plays 7,500 for the PGA Championship and the winning score was -8 and the people behind him were pretty close.
For such a short course that is a tough score for a finishing Sunday.
For Quail Hollow it is a combination of tough pin locations, long rough and tricky greens, which is the exact thing golf needs.
After the first round at Quail Hollow Koepka said “These are the fastest greens I have ever played.”
This may make some people mad and say that the conditions were “too hard”, but I think this is perfect.
With the way Quail Hollow made the conditions tough for a major, I feel more courses need to treat tournaments like this.
No one likes to watch a bunch of guys at -20 gunning for position.
I want to see a guy, like today, at -6 battling for pars to not drop shots.
Bogeys should be rarer than eagles.