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This week the U.S. Open comes to my home state of North Carolina and I was amazed to read that Pinehurst No. 2 is being played at over 7500 yards.
What is your take on distance being used as a major factor to challenge the best players in the world?
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I think that when we continually lengthen courses to make them more of a challenge, we are losing an important part of what the game is all about and are only giving the longer hitters the edge.
It is my belief that to win a championship, golfers should be required to exhibit skills in every aspect of the game and be rewarded accordingly. The ability to hit the ball a long way is one of these skills, but it should not be the predominant skill required.
This year, Pinehurst No.2 will be played at 7562 yards which is 348 yards longer than it played in 2005 but the par will remain at 70.
It is very interesting how much emphasis we place on par. We seem to judge how challenging a course is based on par. Viewers are also led to believe that the difficulty of a hole is based on the average score compared to par.
For instance, a long par 4 may be described as the hardest hole on the course, however by changing its designation to a par 5 it may, without anything else being changed, become the easiest hole on the course.
What do you think about the extraordinary length of championship courses today and the importance of par? Have your say by replying below.