Taking note of the trends in modern golf course design—acres and acres of sand and enormous greens—Ouimet observed that "golf architects are taking quite a bit of the ingenuity out of the game. With the smaller greens we had in the past, one had to improvise a great many shots to make the ball hit the green and stay there. Now it is no great problem to hit the green, and much greater emphasis is placed on approach putting, which is the least interesting phase of the game. It is getting so that unless your ball is under a bush or behind a tree you don't have to improvise a shot at all. More than anything, I think it is these large greens that have made the professionals such wonderful putters.
"It seems to me," said Ouimet, "that much of the stress of modern golf architecture is aimed at presenting a pleasing picture to the golfer rather than a serious problem. Donald Ross, who designed so many of our best early courses, felt that a perfect course should be laid out for the perfect player but with problems that would also accommodate the average player. A great many of the picturesque bunkers that are built on our newer courses don't really bother the very good players, since they can hit their shots well past them. So it is only the average player who is troubled by these hazards. And all the sand around the green, while it is lovely to look at, does very little to make the course more interesting or difficult. After all, using the modern sand wedge, the sand shot is the easiest shot in the game. This concentration on making a pleasing picture also makes the game quite obvious, with everything right there before you. When people play the old course at St. Andrews for the first time, they are usually infuriated to find that a perfect shot down the fairway has come to rest in a huge pot bunker that they could not see, but eventually they come to love the course for the speculation that it brings to the game.
"I think people recognize the fact more and more," Ouimet concluded, "that certain rules we now have are distasteful, particularly the one that permits this constant wiping of the ball on the green, which is unnecessary, and some of the complicated rules and amendments that are so difficult to understand and interpret. I think we were better off when we had just the 13 basic rules on which golf was founded. Naturally, these would have to be expanded to allow for residences that are now encroaching on the playing area.
"By and large, however, I feel that the game is in proper hands and moving in the right direction, with the exception of those rules that complicate it, unnecessarily slow it up and take the speculation out of it."