Golf course architects look for help to defend courses against technology

Golf course architects believe there should be a "line drawn in the sand soon"—at least for tournament golf—or technology could render some courses obsolete.

The Board of Governors of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) stated that "it is difficult and sometimes impossible because of land restrictions for architects to design courses that will challenge top players using high-tech golf clubs and balls, and the challenge will grow even more difficult with each passing year." In the recent U.S. Open, for instance, players were hitting with two irons on a 490-yard hole—not the driver and long iron intended. The ASGCA issued its first warning on this subject in 1994.

The organization urges golf's ruling bodies and manufacturers to work more cooperatively so that the game of golf can continue to prosper. The board of governors added, "We don't think it's a good idea to have different classes of golf courses—just a handful for the touring pros, certain others that only excellent players can master and then those for the everyday players. Reasonable parameters for clubs and balls will help the great golf courses of America stand up and defend par, as their original designers intended, and that will benefit everyone who enjoys watching great players go up against the best in strategic design."

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