Post your opinion on the Des Moines board, Pat. I've been trying for a while to get support from people (outside Des Moines) that something neesd to be done about the baskets at Ewing since it's one of our premier courses, and people like yourself come to play. I agree, it's ridiculous that one of supposed best courses has inferior baskets---while the mach 3's or 5's they used at DMACC for worlds have been in storage since August 2004. Now, they intend to use them on a course that will not be a Ewing/Walnut/Pickard/GV caliber course. They say they don't want to move the problem, they want to solve it, and it's too expensive to buy new ones. I can't seem to get support from too many other people that the baskets themselves aren't the problem, it's the course that they are on. Who cares if they are on a course that is used primarily for recreation. Sure, all courses are used mostly for recreation, but Ewing is the course that if you're an out of towner, you're coming to play. And players have an expectation of standard basket quality, or consistentness.
I don't know, there's a lot of people that say there's no difference, the baskets don't bother them, they catch putts that other baskets don't, but the bottom line is, they aren't the standard, and a course like Ewing should have the "standard".
Just my opinion. And it's also my opinion that Ewing isn't one of my favorite courses to play in Des Moines because of the baskets. In fact, I've played less than 5 rounds casually there since moving here over a year ago. All other rounds there have been due to leagues, or tourneys. Thank goodness there's so many others that I enjoy, and that don't have Fall-notts baskets.