Category: Essays

Do Not Grow the Game, Preserve the Game

Do Not Grow the Game, Preserve the Game

We’re in trouble. That’s the theme the U.S. golf industry has been gaslighting since 2004 when it became evident participation rates and the number of annual rounds played were in free fall. In the time that’s passed, golf’s powers-that-be have responded to the game’s waning popularity and subsequent economic bottom-out with a unified call to…

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Houston…Where Are We Going?

Houston…Where Are We Going?

There’s a saying that the solution to a problem is often the simplest or most direct. The American Society of Golf Course Architects, who recently held their annual convention in Houston, doesn’t seem familiar with this axiom. In the last few weeks the organization has issued two “call to arms” promotions, one regarding pace of…

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East Lake: Facts & Myths

East Lake: Facts & Myths

Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club, the “permanent” site of the TOUR Championship, is not unlike a Marvel Comics superhero. Its been cast into a role it had no intention of playing, resurrected from a lonely downward fate by powerful outside forces, refurbished to be put to use for the greater “good” fighting encroaching evils and blights. This hero has…

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