The proposal to re-emphasise skill over power is to be welcomed, but it will not silence critics of the modern game. They say that the game’s rule-makers are stirring the embers of the fire caused by the present problem — the distance the ball travels — when they should be putting out the fire itself.
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