The Shotlink gang has broken down the numbers heading into Kapalua, home to its share of wind and mountain-slope aided 400-yard drives, and they report that 2011 was the worst year since 2003 for wayward drives bouncing endlessly along a poorly placed cart path as a handful of spectators who refused to use their bodies as shields, look on.
It was [Joe] Burbeck’s idea to develop one of these layouts along lines, which were to be severe to a marked degree. It was his ambition to have something which might compare with Pine Valley as a great test and although my continual travels over the country in the PGA work have prevented me from seeing play over Bethpage’s Black since its opening, I am rather inclined to believe from reports from some of the best players that it is showing plenty of teeth. A.W. TILLINGHAST