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‘PGA Tour’ and ‘nonprofit’? It doesn’t add up

Professionals and their Tour wallow in wealth, and that fact can’t end well for the game, reader contends

Thanks, John Hawkins, for pointing out the obvious: Tour players have so much money that they don’t have to play much (“Upstart tour wouldn’t make a world of difference,” Feb. 25).

I’d add that the PGA Tour has too much money, as well.

In the winter, I live just south of the PGA Tour’s new headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The 187,000-square-foot palace, surrounded by a moat, is being built at a projected cost of $75 million and expected to open by the end of the year. The Tour was able to secure $2.8 million in incentives from St. Johns County for its “nonprofit” business on the promise of creating 300 jobs by 2030.

Putting PGA Tour and nonprofit in the same sentence is the ultimate oxymoron.

When you get too big for your britches, it never ends well. I’d bet that’s the path that the Tour will be heading down sooner rather than later.

Betsy Larey
St. Paul, Minn.
(Larey is an LPGA teaching professional.)

A vote for ranking best ‘short’ courses
I have been following with interest the many articles and reader responses related to the distance debate. It does seem likely, as some have suggested – even to a hacker such as me – that improved course architecture could be used to mitigate this controversy. But, how to support and popularize this concept?

One way might be to take a page from any of the major golf publications, in which they periodically rate and list the “100 best courses” in any of several categories (e.g., public, international, by state, etc.).

What if there were a publication for golfers aimed at suggesting “where to golf next” (hint, hint)? Such a publication could periodically (annually?) rate and list the 100 (or pick a number) best courses under 7,000 yards (or under 6,500 yards; again, pick a number).

It might be an interesting read. And it might be a good way to promote those well-designed courses which place a premium on shot-making challenge rather than on pure distance.

Bruce Johnson
Ames, Iowa

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