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STROKE FOR EQUALITY
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One does not have to investigate far to discover that there are not too many real golf-course architects in existence, in the U.S. or in any other country. Many golf courses are designed by real estate developers with no qualification for that title whatever. In recent years a new type of expert has sprung up, calling himself a "land planner," whose main objective appears to be to stretch the courses as far as possible to increase the salable frontage. Some have even gone so far as to isolate the fairways in order to have lots on both sides.
From a golf standpoint this is ridiculous, and certainly no qualified golf architect in his right mind would ever design one of these monstrosities.
Palmer averages about 270 yards off the tee to Barber's 230. This is 40 yards, which amounts to a difference of about three clubs, but since Barber also hits his irons shorter it comes to about four clubs. Thus, when Arnie is reaching for his eight-iron, Barber is hitting a four-iron. When Arnold is hitting a three-iron, Jerry can't reach the green. So Jerry, of course, cannot put his longer shots on as consistently as Arnie—which makes Arnie the better player.
I think the short hitters are at a disadvantage on any golf course.
In comparing modern American courses to their older sister courses in England and Scotland the complainers seem to have overlooked the fountainhead of all golf, St. Andrews. Nowhere are there larger, more severely contoured greens, more tee positions, more looming bunkers or rugged rough than at the oldest of all golf courses. At St. Andrews, where the weather is always a strong factor, the tee markers are placed on the back of the tee only when the shot is downwind and on the front for an upwind shot, so as to even out the relative qualities of play on any given day.