Great to bump and read an old threat that has been debated to death by the previous crew of GCA's
(5) "boy am I glad I didn't fly all the way acoss the continent to see this one"
Is this still a fair appraisal of golf in this country? Did Doak get it wrong? Would his list still be the same if he re-did the whole thing now (and of course including all the new course built since 1998)
I've got to question the Doak quote of not even wanting to travel across to the west to have a look but still manages to rate the course, sight unseen !
I know he is pretty fair and the book got just about everything else right.
He has been to Ranfurlie and he gave it a 5 which is exactly right.
5 is a decent mark when a 3 is 'about the standard of the average course in the world.'
Interestingly,Woodlands, the 68th best course in Australia gets a 7 (not in the book but he was there a few years after it came out) so somebody got it wrong by a long way!!
With Ranfurlie struggling to survive after only a decade or so after being built, it is interesting that Doak gave it a 5 and not the 3 that it really should have been given on the world scale.
Alot of the courses that Dr. MacKenzie scrutinized and only ran his eye over the plans have been given a the tick of approval by the world of golf and GCA.
RMW was built by Russell and the Morcom bros.
I'm now wondering why Australian GCA currently can't get the gigs to do the local new crop of courses being developed. Most of the new sites are being done by overseas companies and many from the USA ? Reno work is abundant but the new stuff is seemingly going offshore, is it that big of a gap between them and us ?