Golf 19.10.2017 03:32 pm

Is modern technology making golf too easy?

A string of course records in 2017 has some experts concerned but it’s also not a solution to make courses more difficult to play on.

Within the space of a week on the European Tour this month, two of the game’s most iconic golf courses saw their course records fall.

Is modern technology making golf too easy?
Is modern technology making golf too easy?

Is modern technology making golf too easy?

A string of course records in 2017 has some experts concerned but it’s also not a solution to make courses more difficult to play on.

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Slimline George Coetzee has real ‘kilo’ instinct

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SA’s young golfing brigade show steel at St Andrews

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Brandon Stone leads SA charge at St Andrews but not a great one

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Stone stays in contention as SA’s St Andrews challenge falters

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Resurgent George Coetzee leads SA charge at St Andrews
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Resurgent George Coetzee leads SA charge at St Andrews

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Large SA contingent will be on show at Alfred Dunhill Links

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Grace and Sterne will lead SA’s charge at St Andrews

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Wayward McIlroy makes cut as Richard Sterne flies SA’s flag
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Wayward McIlroy makes cut as Richard Sterne flies SA’s flag

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SA’s George Coetzee sets scorching pace in British Masters

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South African Porteous wins Czech Masters

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WATCH: Louis Oosthuizen’s happy mood despite dodgy honour

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