FAST GREENS ARE BAD FOR GOLF: USGA

Golf Australia - - IN MY OPINION -

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.”

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