Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Augusta National Lengthened further

Fascinating news that the folks at Augusta National don't think their golf course is long enough, even after making significant changes to it just a couple of years ago. Well here we go again. As this Associated Press story details, Augusta has gone searching for additional length. With the alterations Augusta will become the second longest course in Major Championship history.
Hootie Johnson's quote on the subject is quite telling: "As in the past, our objective is to maintain the integrity and shot values of the golf course as envisioned by Bobby Jones and Alister Mackenzie. Players' scores are not a factor. We will keep the golf course current with the times."
I doubt Jones and Mackenzie envisioned a 7,500 yard golf course when they created Augusta. That said, Augusta has had little to do wiwth Alister Mackenzie's vision for the golf course for many, many years already.


At 10:02 AM, Blogger Erik @ The Sand Trap said...

Indeed, very little, and as I wrote in my article (feel free to link to it if you want, I'll choose not to) fairways didn't stimp at 11 in Jones' and Mackenzie's days, either.

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