Best New Remodel: You Oxymoron!!!
I was finishing an article by my favorite living golf writer, Jan Denkins, in the storied, some might call hoary, publication on the game we all love, Golf Indigestion. Jan had taken to task my favorite target, Mister I’m Above The LPGA Tour Officials (and integrity is my middle name), Bichael Mamberger, in that unique way that only he can do. Then, onto the newest Indigestion ranking did I stumble, the oxymoronic Best New Remodel.
This category is a laugher. Best New Remodel. Known far and wide under two nicknames: We Didn’t Get It Right The First Time and Our Greens Committee Has Too Much Free Time On Its Hands. I love that three of the ten courses listed are Jack Nicklaus designs. I’m hoping that the Golden One learned so much from his association at Seebonak with Tom Doak that he has decided to resurrect his kharma by going back and undoing all the one-dimensional designs he crafted over the years. In fact, it’s so compelling that it could be the new story line for a Golf Channel feature series: My Name Is Jack. Tour wonder gets into design business; inclines all designs to favor his type of shot, the high fade; forces these designs on unsuspecting, gullible clubs for four decades; finally has a spiritual awakening and goes about reestablishing kharma by amending the work he did.
Even better is the fact that #1 went to Brian Silva, for a Donald Ross course. Silva is the reason that the Donald Ross Society exists; a bunch of Wampanoag (CT) members, irate over Silva’s refurbishment of their Ross course, formed the preservationist society to ensure that Silva would never again cause such anguish. And now he’s recognized for another Ross redesign? They must be asking, why us?
Best New Remodel, You oxymoron!
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