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Rich,I think these modern links courses have done a great job of exposing a different brand of golf - a game that can be more fun than I ever imagined and a game more closely resembling it's origin....it looks like Old Mac may push the fun envelope even further.
As we celebrate a movement of replicating linksland courses inland, when did the tee shot become insignificant?
Jason,Play ANY of the above four courses mentioned and tell me that the tee shot is insignificant. I understand your argument. But just because you put it on short grass doesn't mean that it's a successful tee shot. That mindset is the problem. I blame it on network golf coverage and their infatuation with tee shots hit into fairways. I have only played one of those courses, but I guarantee that there were tee shots I hit into the fairway that didn't help me that much in trying to score.
I'm still trying to figure out how enormous fairway widths contribute to solid golf course architecture. At its core, golf is a game of fundamentals--one of which is an ability to hit a ball straight or at least within some margin of error of your intended target. Wide fairways (80 yards wide) essentially eliminate a third of the game. As we celebrate a movement of replicating linksland courses inland, when did the tee shot become insignificant?
Andy,I wonder how the tee shots at the "new links" that we are discussing compare to the "old links" of Scotland and Ireland. I think that is probably a better comparison than comparing the tee shots at, say, Muirfield Village or Colonial. I haven't played golf over there yet, so I can't compare. And before I forget, don't disregard the wind as a factor. Fairway width is a necessity when dealing with 25-30 mph winds. And subsequently, angles into the greens become MUCH more important when dealing with lower trajectory shots.If the wind is 5 mph and it's clear blue sky at 70 degrees, then I would agree that the "new links" can be tamed substantially and angles aren't nearly as important. But how often is this the case on the coast of Oregon or the open hills of central Nebraska?