This one is by Rob McEvoy. Rob lives in Thailand but misses links golf in the UK so he wrote this...
Once again, the US Open was played on a course that not many of us have heard of.
Erin Fields as I keep calling it has only been open 10 years, yet has already hosted a US Amateur and now the biggest event in American golf.
And the USGA, purveyors of the US Open, has form for this.
Chambers Bay hosted the 2015 Open less than eight years after opening, and Bethpage Black, which it converted from a public muni into a US Open venue in 2002.
With the game changing, and traditional courses having to be adapted to be able to host the best in the world these days, is there a case for the R&A to do the same?
With no Open Championship courses in Wales, SW England, or on the South or East Coasts, could the R&A use some of the USGA’s creativity and desire to be innovative and develop some specific Open venues.
Although these courses aren’t ready at the moment, with some money, vision and will, the likes of Saunton (22nd in UK top 100), St Enodoc (28) or even Perranporth could host the South West’s first Open Championship.
Royal Porthcawl (19), or Royal St Davids (50) could be the first courses in Wales and Royal West Norfolk (36) could host the first ever East Coast Open (if they agree to play in 2 balls).
Is there anyone else that might be suitable for an Open and that might spread the game around the UK?
Inventor of ChippingPro (plug), likes links golf in the wind. Think Chad Campbell is a very handsome man