Between 1980 and 2019, the length of gold courses has changed with public opinion and professionals speaking up on drive distance issues. While this has also increased par length, some course architects have spoken out about the increased length for design reasons.
Here's the kicker: if architects have issues with increasing length of the courses, that means the players have to adjust for drive distances and par lengths.
That means the game changes every time the course, or another course, is increased in length. It becomes a battle of design vs. drive, architect vs. player.
Because players have gotten better and the average drive distance has increased, the PGA has had to accommodate this for the sake of the game. That accommodation came in the form of a modified design (increased course length).
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