If you keep up with trends in golf architecture, you know there’s been a huge movement toward cutting down trees on courses around the world. The thought process here is generally to open up vistas, increase optionality and help turf grow better.
Gary Player isn’t having it. Not even close.
Player stepped into the broadcast booth during the Payne’s Valley Cup, the exhibition featuring Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Justin Rose to celebrate the opening of Woods’ first public course design. He was asked what he’s more proud of—his playing career or his record as a golf course architect—and used the opportunity to discuss the environmental concerns of building a golf course.
First, he mentioned the need to not use too much water and too much fertilizer. Then, he really got cooking.
“The other thing that is driving me crazy, my brother went to war to fight for the Americans when he was 17 years of age,” said Player, who is South African.
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