A significant milestone will be reached by GNN in approximately two to three weeks when we will publish our 1,000th story.
To say the least, that leaves a very full archives section, but every piece that has been written dating back to our launch as Canada’s golf industry website is there for the reading should you wish to research something.
We make every attempt to make stories from the past easily accessible to readers by listing related stories under each article on the home page, where a search engine will help readers find stories simply by typing in the subject matter.
We keep past GNN Polls active, so readers can go back and vote on a particular subject. Also, the GNN Archives section is divided so readers can easily find what they’re looking for by category, or month in which the story was published or by headline.
I’m not sure how they got there, but last week, a couple of GNN readers, found a Hutch’s Blog that I’d posted on Sept. 2, 2009, entitled Course Rankings: Do You Care? You can read that blog here. It was also accompanied by a GNN Poll that took votes from the industry on the subject.
That blog originally got three responses from readers.
West Coast Ken on September 3rd, 2009 1:00 am
in order to accurately rank golf courses one would have to had played all of the courses within the parameters (within the calendar year in question) and who has time to do that? nobody.
And if someone does they should also be able to tell me which beer is which and what tastes the best (from a glass not the bottle).
Doug Ball on September 3rd, 2009 8:47 am
They do encourage sales at the 19th hole….just like “who is the best hockey player of all time?”…. there is no definitive answer.
Just lots of discussion.
By the way… it’s Gordie Howe !!!!
John on September 3rd, 2009 9:41 am
Rankings are a complete waste of time and often seem to be an exercise in said media boasting of what courses they have played. I, too, wonder where they get all this time. Too often we see the same courses in the top three or five, but are they really the best or is there the nod to ‘well, it’s always up there so…’ type of thinking. I often use the wine illustration: if 10 alleged experts tell me what wines are the best but I prefer a different one, is their opinion relevant?
I disagreed with Doug Ball because Bobby Orr is the best of all time, but that aside, the argument about hockey players and golf course rankings seemed like it was over.
It turns out it’s over when GNN readers say it’s over. I usually check about four times a day to see if any readers’ comments have come in. There was a flurry of comments last week, but the ones that caught my eye resulted from a golden oldie from nearly six months ago.
A couple of those comments are from noted world traveler Gary Slatter, who has settled in at the Trump International Golf Club at Raffles Canouan in St. Vincent and The Grenadines.
Gary Slatter on February 18th, 2010 12:44 pm
Doug Ball is right, ratings sell a lot of drinks, and sell a lot of magazines too!
At Mad River when I said that the course was being nominated for the best new course of 95, the owners asked me to get in touch with Golf Digest to say they did not want to be in a contest. Were they right? I thought being #1 would have sold some memberships!
Sand Shark on February 18th, 2010 3:32 pm
Great Banter Gentlemen! The rating system is flawed on so many levels it is hardly worthy of a debate other than to enlighten those who still believe it has a place within the industry. Talking about golf courses (or hockey players) is in fact great folly and worthy of discussion especially when accompanied by ‘any’ cold beer (from a glass). My fondest memories are from courses that have long been bulldozed for housing developments or ones that will never be rated and I hope never are. Ratings are doing to golf what the CTV is doing to Olympics — ruining it for everyone — especially the next generation. Wait! What was that? Nick Kypreos is going to tell us what Team Canada should be doing out there.
gary slatter on February 22nd, 2010 6:14 am (Edit)
ratings should be separate from rankings, is that impossible?
Like hockey players from the past, good discussion doesn’t end when they retire and neither do stories. They’re timeless, as are stories, even when they’re in the archives.