I see alot of it being stats driven. 30 years ago, the only stat that really mattered was "W". Yea guys like Jack were touted for their driver distance, Player for short game, etc. But there wasn't this obsession with every little detail. I don't think I ever averaged more than 165 with a 7 iron, but I also didn't obsess over how far pros were hitiing it.
On the cusp for me. I'm finally comfortable with my swing - don't get me wrong, there's definitely room for improvement but it's a good enough swing to get around the course. I'm working on course management now. Most of my extra strokes come from dumb decisions. Things like trying to split the branches of a pine tree with a 5 wood (off the pine straw at that!) instead of chipping back on the fairway. This may sound kind of silly but I feel I'm only 2 blow up holes away from dropping my handicap significantly.
Fantasy football is a pretty well accepted and pervasive cultural activity. I can understand why NFL football players shouldn't play fantasy football, but anyone else...
This is like enforcing Jaywalking on a vacant street in a residential area.
Looks like the only part of the course that abuts a public street is the 4th green and 5th tee - so maybe that's the hole you were referring to? I don't doubt something like that at all. They are always trying to expand and buy more property.
Just this last year they were trying to buy a bunch of land from the neighboring golf course so they can push back the 13th tee. http://www.golfdigest.com/story/report-augusta-national-close-to-deal-to-lengthen-iconic-13th-hole
There was also a story about how they bought some property such that there is only one more remaining piece of land they don't own on that particular block. Here it is: