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SBD/March 11, 2013/Facilities
TPC Blue Monster Looks At Party Trend To Attract Corporate Clients, Expand Fan Base
Published March 11, 2013
FITS THE EYE: GOLF WORLD MONDAY’s Ryan Herrington writes of the Doral changes under the guidance of course architect Gil Hanse, “The end product tee-to-green is likely to appeal to players.” More “refreshing, the new routing and proposed treatment outside the ropes -- particularly the amphitheater setting at the ninth/18th -- has the potential to be a hit with fans and TV executives alike” (GOLF WORLD MONDAY, 3/11 issue).
PLAYING WITH DYNAMITE: Golf course renovations were the topic of GOLF.com's weekly roundtable discussion, with writers addressing the question, "What PGA Tour course would you most like to blow up and start over on?" SI's Gary Van Sickle wrote, “I think the Bear Trap at PGA National would blow up nicely. ... Even the pros think it’s too gimmicky.” Golf.com Senior Producer Ryan Reiterman wrote, “I’ll go with Torrey Pines. For a course that’s right on the ocean, it’s a pretty bland course with very few memorable holes.” Golf Magazine's Cameron Morfit wrote, “I’d blow up Whistling Straits, which I think is a mess and quite possibly the most dangerous place ever built to watch a golf tournament.” Golf.com Managing Editor Eamon Lynch wrote, “Let’s start with any course whose name starts with TPC” (GOLF.com, 3/10).