I really, really, really enjoyed this piece by Thomas Dunne/Links Mag:
There’s a ton to chew on here, but the tl;dr is: Many in the business of golf design (like much of the rest of golf) have gotten bloated and slowly lost touch with what consumers want – whether consumers realize it yet or not. His consensus is that the pendulum is going to swing back toward a world where – with increasing competition for fewer jobs – boring, expensive designers are going to be outbid and outworked by do-it-all former contractors focused more on revamping muni’s than trying to get a Tour event.
Having played many of the example courses referenced in the article, it’s impossible for me to disagree with the idea that eventually people are going to wake up to the fact that fun golf is much more enjoyable that “I just got kicked in the dick for 5 hours” golf.
Curious what y’all think…