Finish of Chairman’s Rant and Some Course Info
I received an overwhelming response about my recent rant; mostly positive. I thought i would finish it and then move on.
If you are a golf historian, or purest, you know that we have gotten way off track as far as the game’s original beliefs. For example, many of you probably don’t remember when sprinkler heads did not have yardage. A great percentage of courses also have yard markers of at least 150 and 200. Most of the pros get the yardage down to the foot from their caddie. Ridiculous! Should not be allowed. Pebble Beach comes to mind as one of the rare exceptions that has neither sprinkler heads nor 150’s etc. I can say with certainty that the Lakeshore will never go this route. The committee got requests for 150″(inch) and 200″(inch) markers a few years back but I immediately vetoed it. If you require a caddie at the Lakeshore, they know going in that is forbidden to give any yardage opinions to their golfers. Each player has to figure it out himself…..as it should be on every course. It goes without saying that yardage cameras are also not allowed at any time.
But my number ONE PET PEEVE is mandatory GOLF CARTS! How did America get so close to ‘ruining’ this great game. I know many courses state they need cart revenue to survive but they have it backwards. I would play a heck of a lot more if I could walk and get the exercise but thats not feasible with the design of a majority of courses today. They have to have the half mile treks between greens and the next tee to get all their 10,000 square foot homes built on the course. An occasional design of this sort is one thing; but to have almost 100% of the new courses like this is an outrage! What should’ve been done is to build the course first using what the land gives you…and then build the homes if need be. But they HAVE to be walkable. Do you ever wonder why courses designed at the turn of the 20th century were ALL walkable but almost NONE at the turn of the 21st century are not! Could this be just another factor why our society is becoming a group of ‘BLUBS’? Is this progress!! I can only imagine what courses will be like at the turn of the 22nd century. Tell me please…WHO STARTED THIS INSANITY! I bet you will be able to sit on your couch with a beer and play any course in the world. Oh I forgot. We already have that technology. How about a golf club that swings itself and a ball that goes 500 yards so that championship courses have to be 10,000 yards in length. All courses that you cannot walk should be plowed under using a D-8 Caterpillar! Only the handicapped should be using carts, period!
Eight greens were rebuilt last week. We had over 250 square feet of bermuda sod delivered to reconstruct and contour these greens. Some have been stretched out to 4 ft. in diameter. Some have been elevated some but don’t worry, it will still be the most difficult par 3 course on the planet. One note that the committee is considering is changing the rule if your ball goes in the wrong hole. Now it is free relief but we are thinking of making it a mandatory 1 stoke penalty to get it back in play. Anyway, things are happening year round at the famed Lakeshore Golf and Country Club.
– Chairman of the Make-A-Wish Lakeshore Open Golf Committee
P.S. To correct a mistake from the latest ‘rant’ that a few of you picked up. This year’s U.S. Open is being played at Olympic instead of Oakmont. The Chairman almost never makes a mistake but it does happen from time to time. lol AT EASE