Shipnuck: Those are valid points, but it's probably one of 10 courses in America that people would get on an airplane to go play.
Van Sickle: So right, Alan. It's a great contrivance. The land was flat farmland, like the surrounding property, before Pete Dye got on a bulldozer and created every mound, nook and cranny. At least there's no waterfall hole, like Donald Trump has in Florida. The Straits is like a Playboy centerfold. The breasts are fake, but that doesn't mean you don't like to look.
Shipnuck: I think it's hard to identify what the PGA Championship is. They've got the Straits as a regular part of the rotation now—it's coming back in 2015, which is good. But the PGA of America should get away from going to U.S. Open sites and find more new venues. The PGA should've gone to Erin Hills and Chambers Bay. It was a mistake to cede those sites to the USGA.
Bamberger: The thing to do is to find the new Sand Hills, whatever it is, or some places where you might not even draw a crowd.
Van Sickle: Hello, Donald Trump.
Bamberger: Well, I don't know if I'd go that far.
Anonymous Pro: The Straits is a very nontraditional course. It's difficult. You can end up in spots, you don't even know which hole you're on. It's hilly, and there are mounds separating the holes. If you spray one, you can get an unplayable lie. Some bunkers are pretty severe, and there are more than a thousand of them.
Garrity: So you're not a fan?
Anonymous Pro: It's links golf on steroids. But it's fantastic, it really is.
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