Architect supports ASGCA in defending The Golf Course

Donald Steel, one of Europe's leading golf course architects supports the position of the American Society of Golf Course Architects in calling for regulation of high-tech golf clubs and balls that they claim are changing the game and causing many courses to become obsolete. Steel reiterated his call for regulation at the sixth International Golf Conference at St. Andrews. He pointed out that many members in the American and European tours were averaging 300 yards on their drives, well above Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus when they were in their prime.

The ASGCA has called for the USGA and R&A, golf's two ruling bodies, to develop reasonable parameters for both clubs and balls. Steel noted that al courses, not just tournament venues, must be bigger to accommodate high-tech clubs and balls. Steel explained that golf architects need to deal with smaller golf course sites and high-tech equipment, and it's almost impossible to make the two work together.

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