Why does a course have to be visually attractive to be a good US Open venue? I've played there, post-renovation, and it's fantastic...
I can't agree more. Even worse, the courses that average people play on a daily basis try to be like the courses we see on TV.
I can't stand it when courses try to be some unholy combination of Augusta green, full of hazards like Sawgrass, and rough like Winged Foot. Those courses are fantastic because they are well-designed tests of golf, not because they are pretty. Unfortunately, the pretty part is what every-day courses try to emulate.