October 26, 2014
I know that many on here play some tournament golf and what is your feeling on how the pin positions on greens should be? It was interesting that I noticed one of the pins at the Coates LPGA Tournament on hole #17 was very close on at least 3 of the 4 rounds since there was so much slope on the green everywhere else. I watched about 10 groups putt that green yesterday and it was really tough and watching a few balls on tv today roll right off the green. I have set pins for a number of tournaments and sometimes it's difficult to get a relatively flat spot of about 6' diameter. A lot of courses like to set rather stupid pins whenever a tournament is at their course and then they'll complain about how slow play was due to so many 3 & 4 putts. With the pros I can see the tough pins but usually they have a relatively flat area around the hole and it puts the bonus on getting the approach shot in the proper location but us amateurs just aren't that good so why make it so that many competitors don't want to go back to the course. Even when I set decent pins a few people will complain but if asked where there approach shot was they were 20-30 feet above the pin. Some comment on this subject should be interesting.
December 12, 2014
I would think putting pins would be really hard to do. I'd say 6 easy/middling/hard pins per round would be fair. In a multiple Rd tourney switch up which holes have which, but on the last day have the hard pins on the hard holes. My only thing would be making sure on holes with hazards, don't put the pins anywhere a shot to the centre of the green leaves an impossible 2 putt.
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