First things first. I’ve been on the NLU train for quite some time and have nothing but respect and admiration for @Tron, @Soly and the rest of the crew. I can’t believe I spent so many years of my life as an extremely avid golf fan without scrolling along on my phone inhaling their takes mid-tournament. So obviously this take is about to take a hot turn–or cold, I suppose–but I did want to emphasize that it’s coming from a good place.
That said, for all of Tron’s gripes today about ANGC’s layout, I’d submit that of the litany of course changes at NLU these days, the architecture obsessions is my least favorite. It’s not that I don’t find it interesting or insightful, or believe it lacks coverage on this site. But it is becoming too prominent and beginning to overshadow and take the place of all of NLU’s great content of years past. When I learned NLU was going pro, I expected the site would double down on its fresh and irreverent golf coverage and update daily, with blogs recapping each round, in depth golfer profiles each tournament, etc. Instead, it seems impossible to go a day without being doused with haughty takes about golden age architecture and template greens. We have now reached the point where on Masters week, two of the only three Augusta blogs posted to the site are devoted to how ANGC mows grass and out-of-place ponds on 11 and 16. Don’t get me wrong - I’m happy to read them. (Also, thoughts and prayers to Tron, whose disrespect for the egg salad sandwich and volunteer who served it should get him banned from the grounds for life–though maybe he’d be happy with that.) But should these issues be NLU’s focus for the week?
I long for the golden age of NLU, when #toursauce was the butter to the delicious bread we were fed every weekend. Wittingly or unwittingly, and perhaps in their never-ending quest to clear trees, NLU seems to be slowly starting to lose touch with its roots. It’s time to go back to Butch Harmon already.
All due respect, I love the platform and do trust the process. But curious if others share my views on this.