"It is much easier
to be critical than correct" Disraeli
It is very certain that additional
length provides no answer to the problem of the ball.
The brute, poor devil, can deserve no mercy.
No course is a truly great one
unless it requires to be intimately known either to the player or
The element of luck, as it presents itself on our
famous courses, is an essential attribute of the game at its best.
Competitive golf is chiefly
responsible for this tendency to eliminate chance to the utmost
possible extent, to design courses of absolute and relentless justice.
About 90% of criticisms by members are due to invincible
"In 82 years Tom Simpson
has touched life at an enviable number of points and I have always
attributed to this fact his refusal to produce for golfing clients
anything which he himself deemed humdrum, however much they desired
it - as they often did" Longhurst
Sir, my typist, being a lady, cannot take down what
I should like to say to you. I, being a gentleman must not say it.
You, being neither, will comprehend what I mean.
"I saw Tom Simpson
at Sunningdale yesterday. He told me that Spain where he has been
making some new courses and Switzerland are the only two civilised
countries in Europe. I always thought he was a bit mad, but now
he appears to be completely 'bats'." John Morrison
in a letter to Hugh Alison in 1949
Now in golf course design, the obvious thing
is almost invariably the wrong thing.