Don Markus reviews the Senior Players at Baltimore CC and it seems the players want faster greens.
"It's a great golf course, but if they want to take that extra step, they could probably speed the greens up and firm the greens up just a little bit if they wanted to," Loren Roberts said after shooting a four-round score of 13-under-par 267 to win by six strokes over Tom Watson. "I hope they don't hear me say that, but ..."
Roberts echoed the sentiments of many players who appreciated the old-style layout of the 81-year-old Five Farms course and the original design of legendary golf architect A.W. Tillinghast, but said that modern technology and the severely back-to-front sloping greens are not necessarily a good match.
Hall of Famer Ray Floyd said that when the course was built, "they were only mowing twice a week and it made sense to have that kind of speed and slope in the greens." Floyd suggested that the club and the Champions Tour consider "buffering" the greens so that players won't be penalized so drastically.
"Raymond could be right," two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw said. "The slopes are tough, there's no question about that. The first championship here to prepare something like this. I'm sure they're looking at the speeds, the play. They're tough, they're really tough."
I'm sorry. I was in the heat and sun too long today and my brain is fried. What does green "buffering" mean!? I'm assuming he means to flatten out contours.
If that club, with that gem of a course, touches those greens for the fifth of five senior majors...