Why Do Western Folk Dig the Links, while Asians Do Not?

Welcome to another installment of The Curmudgeon, the golf podcast here at theaposition.com/halphillips. The Curmudgeon was created to, well, complain about those golfing pieties and sacred cows, which, while legion, no one else seems obliged to touch. In this edition, your host Hal Phillips speak with Spencer Robinson, longtime editor of Asian Golf Monthly magazine, about the paucity of links courses in Asia, which is surprising because more golf courses — more trophy courses — are being built in Asia today than anywhere else in the world. In North America and Europe, these high-profile tracks are invariably links courses. Think Bandon Dunes, Sutton Bay, Ballyneal, Chambers Bay, Whistling Straits, and the brand new Castle Stuart, host of this past weekend’s Scottish Open. This is the ideal. In Asia, however, this is not the ideal. Why not? With the British Open beginning this week, at St. George’s, and more Asians in the field with a chance to win as ever before, this seems a particularly salient question.

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