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OK, I'm a little worried by this article-- I'm not sure we really want to have a complete list of the world's golf courses here, especially unlike (say) Scuba diving golf can be practiced pretty much anywhere on the planet. Any way to limit the scope a little? Jpatokal 05:22, 3 Jan 2006 (EST)
This section does need some reorganisation- I've made a start- but want to start a debate.
It seems sensible that each country entry lists their 3 most prestigious courses as a start with brief details. Is three the right number? Should it be more, should it be less? Surely we should have the same number for each country. We should then be looking at developing specic guides to each country as has been started for England for example, which can go into further depth.
There may then be a need for some of those countries with lots of golf courses to have further articles, on sub-units. The obvious example being the United States, due to its vastness. However even small countries with a disproportionate number of golf courses per head of population would probably need subdivision, e.g. Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
I would suggest on a countrywide site to perhaps say name the top half dozen couses in the area.
For deciding the countries we use for dividing the world and countries up within this golf article, rather than using political entitities, we use the countries recognised by the golf authorities- this would mainly affect the British Isles. So I don't see the point in seperate "Golf in Northern Ireland" and "Golf in the Republic", if sub division of Irleand is needed use the Provinces which the Golfing authorities use, and it would seem sensible from an ease of organisation perspective. Similarly there's no need for a "Golf in the UK" article either, that would be covered by articles on the three mainland countries plus the parts of the Ireland article relavant to Northern Ireland.
Golf packing list VFD discussion
Recently an article called "Golf packing list" was created (as a two-line stub), and subsequently deleted, following the usual VFD procedure. Although the vote was to delete, there seems to be some feeling that the Golf article itself might usefully incorporate a packing list. The discussion is given below for reference purposes. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 14:34, 7 April 2007 (EDT)
If changed slightly some of the stuff on the Governing Body of Golf. The "Royal and Ancient", is no longer a golfing governing body, it separated off the Governing Body functions into a separate organisation called the "R&A" in recent years. Of course may people always used to refer to the "Royal and Ancient" by the abbreviated form as the "R&A", however now they are separate organisations. The "Royal and Ancient" of course remains a very important organisation in the game of course, since of course it includes the famour "Old Course", but no longer has any role in the governance of the organisation (except of course as any other golf club has).
Also golf is governed jointly by the USGA and the R&A. (So I have re-edited the reference to the "R&A" being "the" governing body of golf). Both organisation have exclusive competence in certain matters within their territories- (remember the USGA doesn't just cover the USA, it covers certain other countries and territories), when it comes to the rules of golf both organisations jointly agree these to apply on a global level- so that you don't have differences between "American" and "Rest of the world" rules.