The problem with golf is that it is very difficult at first and completely counter intuitive. It takes time to get good at golf, a lot of people even practice ay home with a uneekor monitor. There is a lot of competition for who can shoot a higher score, which is what keeps the score playing up, even though it’s no fun. So basically a golf course is the opposite of golf in that regard.
With his golf courses, Burtner explains, he wanted to create a place where people could go to relax and play. “I wanted them to not have to work, to sit at a table and look at a score and they have a cup of coffee, and they are sitting there and talking about their day, and their lives. They can come back the next day and hit it again.” While Burtner may say that golf is the opposite of the more traditional pastime, his courses have become his most prized possessions.
It is said that every time a golfer misses his or her shot, he puts in an extra stroke. In the 1950s, Burtner opened more than twenty courses in California and Nevada, where he still maintains business. But the future of golf was not so rosy. In 1961, Burtner made a great show of his membership in the PGA Tour, the main golfing league in the United States, which began in 1887. For years, Burtner was the highest paid player on the Tour. In 1972, however, he admitted that he had no desire to play the tournament, which meant that he had to rely on his other business interests, like running golf clubs. The PGA Tour did not invite Burtner back for a fifth time. By the end of the seventies, Burtner’s courses had been sold off by his estate for several hundred thousand dollars to investors. In 1982, he built the second Burtner Grand, at Cottondale in Santa Barbara. This new course is a spectacular course, with a layout that was designed to recreate the old Burtner B.B.C. Burtner’s own course at Southpoint in California. Burtner has a reputation for working with the players, and it is not hard to see why. In 1990, he persuaded Lee Trevino to return to golf after being sidelined by a back injury. Trevino went on to make the PGA Tour and win the 1998 Masters. The game has taken hold. At the end of the 2014-15 season, American-born golfers won the first of the Open Championship’s four majors.