Porsche does not put into its racing cars either the finances or the time that Ford and Ferrari do, and yet this tough little car continually finishes among the top competitors in races throughout the world.
CHRIS G. KATSELAS
Mt. Gilead, Ohio
Mr. Desmond Muirhead is to be congratulated for introducing the idea that great art can influence the design of golf courses (New Twists for an Old Art, Feb. 20). It is about time someone of spirit, imagination and talent appeared to influence the character of our golf courses. They should be islands of beauty across the nation, but too often they have the appearance of the glamorous, meticulously groomed fringes of a cemetery.
GLADYS U. HACKWAY
New York City
Who says it is going to take two to three years to decide whether or not Mr. Muirhead"s ideas are valid? Please tell me what there is to validate other golf architects' ideas as expressed in the nothing courses we see built every day?
It will not be long before Soboba Springs is recognized for the great course it is. It is certainly the best course I have played, and I've played over 100 on this coast.
PAUL R. JOHNSON
Desmond Muirhead is right. Many of our golf courses do display rather unimaginative architecture. But studying famous paintings and sculptures will not solve the problem. Your example of Mr. Muirhead's architecture looks more like a painting by Van Gogh than a golf hole. Mr. Muirhead would have done better to remain a city planner.
In Part III of his series Zero on the Tour (Jan. 30 et seq.), George Plimpton discusses unusual golf records from The Golfer's Handbook, a venerable and reputable record of the game of golf since 1893.
He cites, as a humorous example, the record rebound of a golf ball from the head of a caddie: 42 yards, 2 feet, 10 inches. However, he omitted the fact that this took place on Monday, Sept. 1, 1913 on the famous Islay golf links in Scotland. Nor did he say that the previous world record, a rebound of 34 yards, was set in August 1908 on the Blairgowrie golf course.
Further research would have provided even more data on the subject. The November 1913 issue of Golfing contained a letter to its editor from Edward W. Sladward, who advised that, while playing in a foursome over the Premier Mine Course in South Africa on Sept. 28, 1913 at the 7th hole, "my drive struck a caddie, standing 150 yards from the tee, on the forehead just above the right eye. The ball—a Colonel—rebounded back in a direct line 75 yards. (The distance was measured.) Strange to relate, beyond a slight abrasion of the skin, the caddie was not affected at all and continued his duty. You will observe the record of the Scotsman is easily outclassed. The drive in question was one of those so dear to a golfer—a hard, raking shot." This record still stands.
The record rebound may appear humorous to present day readers and writers, but it was one of the items of serious concern to golfers at the turn of the century, and it proves the assertion that anything can happen when playing golf—if you play long enough.
COLONEL R. OTTO PROBST
South Bend, Ind.