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G4G's Most Debated Topics of 2008

As the year draws to a close, it is clear 2008 will be remembered for a number of things: Tiger Woods’ dramatic US Open win and knee surgery, the US win at the Ryder Cup, Padraig Harrington’s two major wins and, of course, the arguments over whether Highlands Links can be restored (it can) and whether I had any right to be involved in helping select Mike Weir’s design partner (I did.)

Anyway, here are my favourite most-debated topics of the year on G4G:

Most commented (with 44 remarks): The Restoration of Highlands Links Con’t

Comment from reader Raymond Cherry:

Ive not played Highland Links but I have played several Stanley Thompson designed courses. For the life of me I just dont understand the fascination. Ill give you St. Georges but given that property I wonder if you and I couldnt have come up with something decent. For every good Thompson design there are a dozen questionable efforts.

Others:

The End of Kelly Tilghman? (42 comments)

This one is self-explanatory. Tilghman stuck around, though her broadcasting skills remain listless and dull. Key comment from reader Franklin:

I think she sucks as a broadcaster, and this is a great opportunity for her to go. However given how racist the golf world is in general, Im sure shell stick around and most people will like her cause theyll think its about freedom of speech and other nonsense.

Score’s Top 100 — Winners and Losers (33 comments)

Score Magazine offered up its Top 100 courses in Canada — always a contentious list. This year wasn’t any different.

Key comment from reader KC:

I find these heated discussions about course X being better than course Y a bit much. It is like debating if one should date Jessica Alba or Jessica Simpson.

For the average golfers like myself, I would be glad to play anyone of them.

Heck, I probably would enjoy those ranked between 101 and 200 just as much.

And the Tough Get Touger (28 comments)

Lionhead G&CC near Brampton made some changes to give it the maximum slope — 155. Readers chimed in with their thoughts.

Key comment from reader Greg B.:

I played the Legends once, back in the 1990s, when I visited Toronto for a week of golf. It was by far the toughest course I ever set foot upon and the round was one of the least enjoyable ever until we realized it was a joke and took that attitude towards playing it. I would never return.

Weir Golf Design: My Take and Involvement (27 comments)

When Mike Weir decided to enter the design business, I was hired to work with him in articulating his design concepts and to help find a golf architect to work with him. I think this was done in the most thorough and fair way possible — and involved almost 30 Canadian designers. The final choice has been made and will be announced next year.

Key comment from reader Nick:

So there you go. 32 names of people that are probably fully capable of designing a course for Mike Weir, and I am sure I left out a few.

Would all of them fit with Mikes vision? Probably not. Would they all be interested in working in a partnership with Mike? Who knows. One thing is for sure. If I was in Mikes shoes, I would like to know about all of these guys, at least a bit. Who cares if he already has an idea of who would most likely be a good fit? At least, with this process, he is looking at all the options. He might even find someone great that nobody is expecting¦..

I would sure like to be able to compare all the routings and presentations submitted by all the guys who participated. That, in itself, must be extremely interesting for anyone interested in golf course architecture¦.

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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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