From The Inbox

A plea for golf’s value play

Reader dismisses triple-digit green fees and the ‘country-club experience’ with a desire for public golf that delivers ‘best bang for the buck’

I‘d like to echo the sentiments of reader Blaine Walker (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 26). With green fees routinely topping $200, many of these high-end public courses just as well might be private because they cater largely to the elite.

Even if we can afford a $225 green fee, it’s difficult for many of us (almost certainly a large majority) to justify it. It’s not about shock-and-awe layouts or a “country-club experience” (yawn). It’s about value.

Considering the push to retain interest and introduce new population demographics to the game, the most logical way to rate public courses is "best bang for the buck.” Those are the designers/developers/operators deserving the highest accolades, and those are the courses that public-links players want to know more about.

Jim Westerman
Hanover Park, Ill.

Jordan Spieth should call Butch Harmon
Jordan Spieth should look at what Albert Einstein is credited with saying, that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 26).

Spieth is not insane, but the part about doing the same thing over and over is what he is doing. It's not working and time to change coaches for a new look. Butch Harmon comes to mind.

Michael Merrill
McKinney, Texas

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