- Feb 1, 2013
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The only thing that I Intended to respond to was your suggestion that designers building long courses that are also advocating for rollbacks stand to profit from it by doing renovations as a result.I hear you, but I respectfully disagree. What the hell is the point of a 7600 yard course if the longest hitters aren’t breaking 300 anymore? You were just watering unnecessary tee boxes and grass that doesn’t need mowing?
I don't even think that the goal of the ruling bodies is to eliminate the 300 yard drive. Again, Jack and others were doing it back in the day. With persimmon heads and shorter steel shafts, no less. I think what the ruling bodies would like is for them to be the exception rather than the norm at the highest levels, and/or trying to do it brings a greater degree of risk with it.
To your question though, what I'm saying is that the course would no longer be 7600. The tee boxes that get the distance would be no more. Of course if the tee boxes aren't needed anymore, that area can be shrunk accordingly, and adding less resource intensive plants where appropriate.
I'll allow that if any rollback is significant you very well could be right that adjustments might be needed at courses specifically intended to challenge the pros, but if that were to happen, resistance from both manufacturers and pro tours will probably be a way bigger problem.