For the 2010 Open Championship the R&A has addressed the eroded playing character of the 17th hole at St Andrews by moving the tee beyond the boundaries of the Old Course and onto the driving range.
While this may solve the problem for this Open, the problems for the game of golf of excessive golf ball distance remain!
The increased distance the modern golf ball travels has created major issues for golf in relation to the environment,safety and cost (including the opportunity cost of time spent on the golf course).
Excessive golf ball distance has also had significant adverse affects as regards golf's architectural and cultural heritage.
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