Nicklaus would prefer to scale back golf ball than expand golf courses

Nicklaus would prefer to scale back golf ball than expand golf courses

Jack Nicklaus designed the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles, the Scottish host for the 2014 Ryder Cup, in 1993. A couple of decades later, the Golden Bear was brought back to renovate the course for the modern player and their longer equipment.

Nicklaus would prefer to not move ground, rather preferring for the game's governing bodies to take back some ground in limiting how far the golf ball flies.

“When I was asked to do the course more than 20 years ago, in those days it was a pretty challenging golf course," Nicklaus said, according to the Press Association. "With the equipment and the golf ball and everything going so much further, it needed alterations. I would prefer golf balls being altered personally but until that happens, alterations need to happen to golf courses."

While the earthmoving industry might be a little less wealthy without golf courses needing to be lengthened and renovated to remain relevant for championship golf, scaling back the golf ball would be a simpler option.

Need we say it again? Bifurcation, please.

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