New houses will be built along the 17th hole, which has a new green.
Everyone wants to buy what the competitors on tour are
using, he said. Companies put the clubs and balls in the
stores, and then the average golfer who buys them finds he
can’t handle them like the pro can.
Brian Allabastro, director of golf at
Santa Lucia, said, “The competitive golf
ball of Jack’s early days was primarily a
two-piece ball and in comparison to
today’s competitive balls, couldn’t offer
the spin, the distance, or the feel of
what tour professionals are used
In the glory days of Nicklaus and
Arnold Palmer, the game was more
about shot-making – strategizing and
choosing the right clubs for the shot.
Today, it’s about power – the ability to
hit the ball long and straight. Club
heads and balls today are designed for
that, but it takes considerable strength
“Just the distance these new balls
can be hit would make golf course
designers lengthen courses, but add to
that the ability of the top professionals
to hit shots from 200 yards (600 feet)
into a 10-foot circle on a piece of finely
cut grass, have it take one forward hop,
then spin backwards 7 feet to within a
foot of the hole, and the golf course just
has to find a new defense,” Allabastro
said. “Length is commonly the defense.
“Recently Augusta National, the home of the annual
Master’s Championship, built in 1930, had to be lengthened
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