The Links Trust, along with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, which conducts the Open, issued its press release with the momentous news last week. Reports indicate that there was no call for public comment about the significant alterations. Golfers who play in the Open are hitting the ball so far, and the ball’s composition means that it does not spin and curve off course as much as it should with a poor swing. The R&A and the Links Trust feel something must be done. Martin Hawtree, the R&A’s consulting architect on the matter, will reshape some of the ground, introducing new contours and bunkers to the Old Course.
Change the rules for equipment. Change the golf ball. Slow down greens. (None of this will happen, though). But don’t change the Old Course, at least not without input from more people who care. And many do.