While it's a bit of a blow for the tournament's rota-model and the steady run of pure or almost-pure links, Renaissance should retain enough links-like golf to entice top players. This also means a nice, steady East Lothian presence that will be popular with many.
Today nearly everyone plays a coarse and vulgar pitch which punches a hole in the green. With the exception of the Old Course at St. Andrews and few similar courses, there is rarely any necessity to play any other kind of shot. Golfers are losing the joy of playing the variety of approach shots that were so necessary in the old days. ALISTER MACKENZIE