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An illogical gamble with golf and nature

Reader points out the environmental folly in building a golf course purporting to be in tune with nature that gobbles up 620 acres and uses 8 miles of cart paths

I read with some despair Ken Klavon’s story about Circling Raven Golf Club (“In concert with Mother Earth,” Jan. 14, Where To Golf Next).

At a time when golf has to be environmentally and fiscally responsible, how can it make any sense to build one golf course over 620 acres with eight miles of cart paths? The resources to maintain all of this land are finite. Wouldn’t it have been better to build one course over a much smaller area, leaving the remaining land as it was – or even to build another golf course at some point in the future?

And how respecting the history and culture of the Native American reconciles itself with an onsite casino is anyone’s guess.

George Fletcher
Edinburgh, Scotland

Walking ‘briskly’ between shots saves time
I think everyone has seen the video of Bryson DeChambeau taking way more than two minutes to miss an 8-foot putt. I could teach him how to miss them in 15 seconds. We have all chuckled at that, and Mike Purkey rightly takes slow players, and the authorities, to task about their failure to get on top of this issue (“PGA Tour’s sleight of hand won’t move feet faster,” Jan. 15).

However, Purkey does make one comment that can't be right, writing: DeChambeau insists that he's not a slow player because he walks fast from shot-to-shot, which is simply nonsense. Why is this nonsense? Does the guy not really walk faster? The acid test is whether he gets to his ball first.

If we are not on buggies, most of the time that we take playing a round of golf is walking, and waiting for other players. If you start walking briskly as soon as the other guys have teed off and get them moving, you can save 30 minutes a round. Take a few seconds less on each stroke, and that's probably only five minutes. In a four-ball Wednesday, I teed off third because the other pair grabbed the honor: “ready golf,” they called it. Three minutes later, I looked back down the fairway and they were 50 yards behind. Great opportunity for some friendly insults.

We were round in 3 hours, 22 minutes.

Terry Wall
Winchester, England

It's back to the future for pace of play
Frank Beard wrote two books on life as a touring professional (“PGA Tour’s sleight of hand won’t move feet faster,” Jan. 15).

The first, “Pro,” was about being on the PGA Tour in 1969. The second, “Making the Turn,” was about his life on the Senior PGA Tour in 1991. On pages 68, 69 and 70, he addressed slow play, writing that the issue was a genuine problem.

He says the Senior PGA Tour sent out a survey in which all of the players rated the other players on pace of play. Beard says that slow play has been going on for so long, he had given up hope.

All these years later, nothing has changed.

Layne Yawn
Jonesboro, Ark.

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