Not every course in every country has the same color for marking the different tees...
Different ball classes would lead to more confusion, and would invite for cheating.
Beside that you would take the fun, and the entertaining risk, to cut a dog leg, out of the game.
The longer the drive, the more precise it has to be, which also is a high skill, that should be rewarded.
If you believe the statistics, the handicap was not affected over decades, despite the different equipment...
...maybe because you have to be over proportional precise, if you hit it longer...
...and maybe because the advanced course layout has also adapted to the needs.
It would be far more annoying for the golfing majority to shorten modern courses and to survey the use of the correct balls,
than to accept, that maybe once a decade a new course record is set - which can be also due to exceptional weather conditions, or a different preparation of the course by the green keepers.
New courses are not really needed at the moment, thus you don´t need more real estate anyway...
...and if so, it is the choice of the investor.
That some people speculate in selling / buying real estate has not necessarily something to do with golf.
Make the fairways less firm, and let the grass grow longer, and you are done in regard of distance and maintenance costs - no ruling needed, just a hint to the head green keeper.
Our senior golfers know, when to play tournaments, to lower the handicap - when the fairways are hard, and the gras is short, thus they gain one, or two clubs length in roll.
The ball companies gain market share, if they can sell a ball, that travels farther, and / or produces more, or less spin.
Imagine a marketing for shorter balls...
...especially, if they would need a small gap between the different tees,
the different club head speed people have, would make it impossible to make a rule for a ball, that sits in between the longer and the shorter tees.
If you browse this forum, you will find many threads and comments, where it becomes clear, that even with one limit for all balls,
people get different (partly contradicting) results with the same balls...
...now imagine 4 limits with a small gap between each other!
The topic comes up, because the season in the northern hemisphere is almost done.
The golf swing of Nicklaus is far more interesting, and useful to watch, than his ideas to make more money for him at his age...
...remember, he is pretty strong involved in the golf ball, and the golf course business, and has time to burn as a businessman, where he has meanwhile more chances to excel, than in golf.
I like his swing, and admire his achievements as a golfer, but that does not mean, that I buy everything he is claiming - no matter how often it is repeated.
A successful race car driver is not necessarily a great engineer, or mechanics - a great golfer has not necessarily the abilities to create great equipment, or great ideas around the theme golf.
Edited by Uhit, 10 October 2017 - 02:28 PM.