Originally Posted by ChrisP
I love the setup...."the stuff" is just something that I'm a little on the fence about right now, but like I said, my mind can change when I see it on tv Thursday and Friday. Just like with anything new, it takes time getting used to.
Yeah keep an open mind, I think you'll have a different take by the end of the week.
Originally Posted by atb5079
I did not know that about Augusta. I still think of Augusta as a more traditional American style, tree-lined course though. I would agree Oakmont is a little more linksy than the rest I listed. I don't dislike links courses. I think they are great for the game and they really are a nice change and fun to watch because they need to be approached very different. I really just don't like the look of them in general. I think Pinehurst is ugly, same with St Andrews and some of the other Euro ones. Call me stupid, and of course its not about look, I just don't how they pan out from a viewer's standpoint. Pebble Beach and Spyglass are gorgeous on the other hand, probably because they are along the water. I haven't played a legitimate links course. I have played 2 around home but they are of course chump change compared to the notable courses.
Pebble and Spy are well cared for and a lot of money is spent on keeping them lush. Obviously with links courses like Bandon Dunes and links courses overseas that's a different story. You could say that that style of play is more golf-like than what we typically play in North America. Even though things look more "natural", the conditions overseas, and for this week at Pinehurst are still good, greens will be smooth, lies in the fairway will be good.
I think the restoration of Pinehurst #2 is a thing of beauty. I would absolutely love to play courses like it on a regular basis.
If you ever get the opportunity I would highly recommend you get to play some links golf or "minimalist" courses.