Technology Buries Nicklaus' Course Record at the Golden Horseshoe
Both of those records stood until earlier this month when Nicklaus' record was shattered by seven shots by Daniel Summerhays of BYU at the Ping/Golfweek Preview. Normally a par 71, the Gold Course played as a par 70 from the tips for the tournament. On the same day Summerhays shot his 10 under round, Billy Horschel carded a 63. Fifteen other players either tied or bettered Giles' old amateur record of 68 during the tournament.
To me, these scores are astonishing and must be attributed at least partially to advances in the club and ball technology. These were amateurs shooting incredibly low scores on a course which has been played my many Tour pros over the years. You know it's not a pushover when the course record shot by Fat Jack himself stood for nearly 40 years. Even though I think that hackers should avail themselves of technology to improve their games, something is out of whack when a bunch of NCAA golfers can waltz into a classic course and destroy a course record like that.
It's doubtful, but maybe the scores at the Horseshoe will serve as a wakeup call to the wimps at the USGA to rollback some of the technology in the upper echelons of golf.