As most of you know the PGA Tour was in Denver last week for the MBW Championship, the third round of the FedEx Cup playoffs. As part of the newspapers coverage of the event, they had a full page story on the "Yardage Book" that was put together by Tour Caddy Mark Long. Mark was the caddy for Fred Funk, long time tour pro. The Tournament ordered 400 of the books for the players and staff and event sponsors. Since there was only 70 players in the event, that seems like a lot of extra books to go around. The books cost $30 each and can go up to $100 if the tour player wants "More Detailed Data" . That means the tour just spent $12,000 of yardage books for ONE event. NICE job for Mark Long as he says it takes about 70 hours to put together the information for each course he creates a yardage book for. I'd be very HAPPY if someone paid me $12.000 for just under two weeks work mapping a golf course.
But the reason I bring this up is NOT what they paid for these books but what the books "CONTAIN" . To put it in simple terms, these yardage books that are NOT available to the public, have ALL the information Mark Long has obtained using high tech instraments to 'Map" the course. In the article Mark says that he does NOT just use Laser range finders but "HIGH TECH equaipment to goes beyond what a Laser can provide.
What it boils down to is he is using Surveying equipment to develop a Contour Map of the entire course, with elevation changes and full detailed contour map of each green. This is WAY more information you or I could every hope to get by using a GPS of a Laser, or even if we used BOTH.
So my question is this. Since the Tour Pros are each supplied with one of these highly detailed yardage books. developed with high tech equipment, WHY does the PGA NOT allow the use of a simple GPS or Laser range finder during a tournament event??? WHEN will the PGA and the USGA and R&A gets their collective "Heads Out of the Sand".???
The PGA just ordered and provided highly detailed yardage books to each of the players in the BMW Championship, books that were developed with "Modern Technology Equipment. and yet they continue to enforce "Ancient" rules on the public and tour players. Why is a yardage book okay when a GPS or Laser range finder is NOT???
Can anyone of you come up with an Intelligent answer to WHY the USGA and the PGA are living in the 15th century???