Larry, look, who are all these smiling golfers?
Oh, sorry, I forgot. They are members of your fan club.
The world according to Larry Gilhuly always seems to be populated by overjoyed golfers – women, senior men and juniors foremost among them – all singing the praises of a form of the game that has historically received little more than snarls and an occasional smirk.
Gilhuly has emerged as one of golf’s leading evangelists for shorter courses. His philosophy is simple enough: courses are too long. Regular golfers, that is, those who don’t hit 7-irons 200 yards and fly bunkers situated 280 yards from the tee – in other words, mortals, including you and me – need shorter courses.
“We have absolutely killed our industry by making golf too hard. ... We should always be on the lookout for ways to improve golf courses, such as the addition of shorter tees.” – Larry Gilhuly
Sure, there are egos to consider. But every week is not the U.S. Open. Golf is a recreation, a game. Those who play it should want to have fun.
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