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Discussion: Has modern architecture made the game too difficult for the average golfer?

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JEJU, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 24: Chih - Bing Lam of Singapore plays his approach shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Ballantine's Championship at Pinx Golf Club on April 24, 2009 in Jeju, South Korea. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)  - 

Phil Mickelson drew attention for his post-round comments Thursday, stating that the recent renovations at Atlanta Athletic Club are 'a perfect example of how modern architecture is killing the game,' and calling certain holes 'unplayable for the member.'  Recent trends in course design have led to longer, tougher courses in general, but have those trends gone too far in terms of playing conditions for the average player?

Discussion: Has modern architecture made the game too difficult for the average golfer?

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