The WGCs have been great for the 60 or so players who qualify for the no-cut tournaments that offer a guaranteed payday.
They have been great for fans who attend and watch on television, because the WGCs are all but guaranteed to bring together the best players in the world, something that rarely happens outside of major championships.
And they certainly have been great for the PGA Tour, which has a management arm under its corporate umbrella called Championship Management which runs - and profits from - these tournaments.
But are these big-money tournaments good for the rest of golf?
The answer, after seven years, is probably not.
Why? Because too many rank-and-file tournaments - the backbone of the tour - suffer from their existence.
The desirable length for a good course is from 6,000 to 6,400 yards. But bear in mind that it is quality, not quantity, that counts. In my work I repeatedly have had trouble making committees see the force of this. They seem possessed with the idea that length is the main desideratum. It is beyond all argument that many a long course is noticeably uninteresting, in contrast to shorter ones that are well thought-out and skillfully constructed. DONALD ROSS