Here’s my latest Back 9 Network article on the changes to St. Andrews.
From the piece:
“Opponents say the changes homogenize the layout and run counter to its strategic design tenets, essentially “dumbing down” the golf course.
“This year the Grinch stole Thanksgiving,” quipped one irreverent Internet wag.
Despite their protestations, the Old Course is headed for a partial, but significant, modernization at the hands of U.K. architect Martin Hawtree, a Dawson favorite, but also a polarizing figure in golf design circles for his allegedly lackluster prior efforts at Rota course renovations as well as his association with Donald Trump at the golf-crazy tycoon’s new course in Aberdeen.”