Haha, turns out it's going to be more like 4 months in total... I can putt again, and I can probably start chipping soon. Full swings are a while away still. I've lost quite a bit of grip strength in my left hand, where the injury was. It's coming back, and should be back to normal eventually. But it's actually pretty amazing how weak it is compared to my right hand.
Bottom line: be really careful when using knives!
I generally do not like trees on golf courses. On most courses, they are overgrown and narrow playing corridors, making the course more difficult than it should be. Any tree that's in play and not trimmed so someone can hit a golf ball under them is a crime.
That said, there are some courses where the trees fit in nicely. If they do not narrow playing corridors too much and allow for recovery, then they're fine.
Gary Player, though...
What that graphic does not show is "spin rate"; Spin rate will impact distance, a higher spin rate generally results in lower distance overall and a higher ball flight. We know Bryson's trajectory is really high. The other number we aren't seeing is Dynamic Loft; Bryson's driver is, I think it is around 5.5 deg. But based on his trajectory his dynamic loft is a lot higher. Also a higher spin rate generally results in more accuracy; unless of course it results in more side spin.
I’m a fan of tree lined courses. That said a course has a design that should match the area and terrain. An inland setting with trees calls for a parkland style design. A barren Oceanside area calls for a links. The photos of old courses when they where built is misleading. Some of those designers planned for the course to mature. Trees force golfers to hit the ball straight or use shotmaking to navigate around. That’s how golf should be played. Bomb and gougers don’t like trees because they want to hit it anywhere and be in good shape. Unfortunately that’s not golf but it’s where the game is going.