New Column: The Politics of Golf Design

My latest column, on Davis Love III and the renovation of Angus Glen’s north course, is now online. Find it here.

Here’s a taste:

Earlier this week in Markham, Ont., PGA Tour pro Davis Love III stood in front of a crowded room of media, camera crews and corporate hackers, and pronounced that he had fixed something that was broken.
Not broken like a toy that topples from a shelf. More like a model with a bad bump on her nose. In this analogy, Love is a plastic surgeon making the concise cuts needed to make the clothes horse, someone Donald Trump might consider for his 11th wife. All it takes is a tuck, a little scrapping, some liposuction a couple of additional tweaks and voila, you have a beauty queen.
Only Love wasnt speaking about a person. He was speaking about his renovation of Angus Glen North, the much maligned public golf course that will host the Canadian Open next month. The course has been savaged regularly. Too wide, some would say. Too easy, others crowed. Simply not good enough, was usually the final word.
For his part, Love offered a political take on the issue. Yes, the course didnt measure up to the standards set for a PGA Tour event, he said. Just the same, when he toured the course in his lone ride around the property before calling in the bulldozers, people seemed to have fun playing it.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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