How Good is too Good?

16th Hole Augusta National“The Sand Trap: “It all began quite innocently in 1956 with the televising of The Masters tournament held at Augusta National. Just one look at the pristine fairways and perfectly manicured rough and Americans across the country demanded the same attention to detail from their local municipals. This day marked the end of American dominance in the sport of golf. Recent history proves how dead American golf is. Look at the World Golf Rankings, 13 of the top 25 come from countries other than the United States. The European teams have held The Ryder Cup six of the past nine years. College golf teams are recruiting players from all over the world](http://thesandtrap.com/) because of their abilities. Why the shift in power? It’s not due to a lack of effort: go to any course and you’ll see tons of youngsters trying to emulate Tiger woods. If fingers should point, then blame should lie squarely on American golf courses.”

This is a very interesting point of view. I’ve had this exact argument with one of the guys I play with. I told him a story of what it was like playing at “the highland links up in Nova Scotia. this is ranked as one of the top courses in the world. I explained to him that the fairways weren’t manicured, or architected](http://www.highlandslinksgolf.com/.) They were just **there**, hills, knolls, trees and all. His response: “That’s not golf. When I play golf I expect the fairway to be flat and the greens to be perfect.” When I explained that, according to the rules, there’s no such thing as a *fairway* in golf, just the area between the tee and green, he just scoffed.

Oh well, I enjoy the challenges of a difficult course that isn’t *perfect*.