Sunday, August 23, 2009

More drivel from golf announcers

It's said so often, that it has now become standard knowledge: "Donald Ross built small greens." Unfortunately, it's not true. I've never been a Ross course where the majority of greens were "small," no matter how "small" is designated.

On Saturday, I heard another one of this informational tidbits that are, in fact wrong, courtesy of, CBS annoucer, Bill Macatee during this week's PGA Tour Event, the Wyndham Championship that is played on the Sedgefield Country Club, a Donald Ross design.

"As with most Donald Ross courses, the greens are the primary defense."

I'm not sure where this misinformation came from but it might be that many of Ross's designs and redesigns have had the original random fairway bunkering removed. From what I've seen on many courses where Ross worked is that a properly placed tee shot leads to a preferred angle into the green. Thanks to Macatee, and others, though, most people don't know that.

Sunday update: Ian Baker Finch just walked viewers through the final three holes of the course, not even realizing he contradicted Macatee. On 16 he pointed out how getting the drive in the fairway was so important to score on the hole;there's a fairway bunker and a pond right. For 17, Macatee talked about how the difficulty is a result of the uneven fairway, leading to tricky stances on the approach shots. About 18, he described how the difficulty is that the second shot is from a down-hill lie to an uphill green.

Those three holes, from my experience, accurately sum up Ross's work.

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