Does length really matter?

article-1171227-047B3DC7000005DC-666_468x681PICTURE THE SCENE. You have been granted an audience with Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, to outline an exciting new venue for the Open championship.

You explain that there are one or two anomalies: the opening and closing hole are the easiest in professional golf; there are only two par three holes and the pros will be able to drive four of the par fours. And the most difficult hole on the course is no longer difficult enough which has required the tee box to be placed out of bounds on the driving range. Mr Dawson politely shows you the door, allowing you just enough time to say that you were describing the Old Course at St Andrews, and venue for the Open Championship every five years. Continue reading