Another way of looking at this is to get a copy of Dave Pelz's Putting Bible. He has a chart in there showing history's best ball-strikers and best putters. The ball-striking list has won many more major championships than the putting list. It's not even close.
For recreational golfers, a better short game will get you from 95 to 90, but to get to 80, you need a new swing.
follow up for any that are the least bit interested......Course is not all that bad. Lots of waste areas were created, which make it resemble a wannabe links course. Some golfers do not clear the waste area. The greens were nice, a little fast. The rating and slope have been changed from what is shown online. Course still plays short. The par 5's are a joke, but even so, it is not an easy course. I shot an 85 and would have broken 80 if I sunk more putts. no doubles though and I had a few GIR. The fairways were deep grass, freshly mowed, but I think they were allowing the grass to grow out. Easy to take divots. I would play it again.
I get ya now, sorry. I thought you were thinking the other way like there is no difference. I was like What??? Big difference when I can hit my Ping Eye2 7 iron as far as I hit my Miura 8 iron or my Mizuno 9 iron.
But for the MFG's they don't mind changing it because to them, saying I can hit my 5 iron as far as you hit your 4 makes some gullible people buy their irons.