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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 277
YOUR SAY SHUTTLES NEEDED, NOT CARTS ROD Morri’s article about the use of golf carts by pros at the Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville (Bonville Rides A Different Course, GA Express 276) missed the chance to provide some valuable feedback to organisers. Bonville is a wonderful course and a great place to host a tournament. However, to ask pros to use golf carts is crazy. Part of the game is walking. Pros use the time between shots to look around, start reading the green as they approach it and take in the beauty that surrounds them. It helps reduce any anger they have after a poor shot or some bad luck and gives them time to gather themselves and prepare for the next shot. I currently live and play golf in Singapore. I also volunteer at the professional events held here and most recently the Womens Amateur Asia Pacific Championship which are mostly run at Sentosa Golf Club. The club was worried about the climb from the 3rd green to the 4th tee for players and caddies not used to hot and humid weather. Their solution was to put four seater buggies at the 3rd green which ferried players, caddies and officials up to the 4th tee, a climb of about 40 meters. All the passengers appreciated the ride. My suggestion is that they adopt the same method as Sentosa. By doing this, Bonville would be letting players enjoy walking tee to green and cut out the long distances between some of the holes that exist at the venue. Simon Tindale-Biscoe Singapore BEST OF BOTH WORLDS HAVING played Bonville I know it's a long course, particularly from some greens to the next tee, and the players at the Australian Ladies Classic did not like using carts for the whole round. So can I suggest a compromise? Why not just have shuttles running from some greens to the next tee to assist in speeding up play? This will give the ladies the best of both worlds by walking each hole and speeding up play from green to the next tee. Bruce Elliott Via email The Big Q HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE GAME YOU LOVE THIS WEEK'S POLL WHAT'S YOUR VIEW? Want to get something off your chest, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org LAST POLL RESULTS 74% YES DO YOU AGREE WITH THE USGA MOVE TO SCRAP THE 18-HOLE MONDAY PLAY-OFF FOR THE MEN'S US OPEN? 26% NO Facebook “ f ” Logo CMYK / .ai Facebook “f ” Logo CMYK / .ai FOLLOW & LIKE US ON www.golfaustralia.com.au Germany's Olivia Cowan sits in a cart during a round at Bonville. PHOTO: Tristan Jones
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