FAST GREENS ARE BAD FOR GOLF: USGA
United States Golf Association chief Mike Davis recently suggested the ‘arms race’ for fast greens by championship venues needed to stop.
“I will say, and we’ve said this publicly before, too, this notion that good greens have to be fast greens is bad for golf,” Davis said. “It’s just not good.”
Green speeds gained plenty of attention at the 2015 and 2016 US Open Championships and Davis says courses – not just championship venues – should be adopting a different approach to greens when it comes to everyday play.
“It’s costing the game more money to keep greens fast. It compromises in some cases the health of the greens. It compromises the architectural integrity of the greens sometimes. It certainly hurts pace of play,” Davis said.
“We would just say that, taking off our US Open hats for a second, that this arms race to get fast greens is not a good thing for the game of golf.”