I don't believe RK has played Muirfield Village (based on his posts) though not playing a course has never stopped him from having a strong opinion on it.
This is true. I've never played Pine Valley either but have seen enough to agree it's a very special place.
Sorry if you can't form an opinion of a course without playing it. Most of us can.
I knew the Taj Mahal was spectacular before I went to see it.
This isn't a strange concept. Lots can be learned from pictures, videos and reading other people's observations.
Sorry your just kidding yourself if you think you can have an informed opinion about a golf course that you have never seen. You can have an opinion, it just doesn't really count for much until you have actually seen the course. There's so much that is missed in pics and on TV (there's so much subtlety to a great golf course none of which can be seen without actually being on the grounds) but I'm sure you know that if we're truly being honest.
It sure helps when that beholders eye has actually seen the course they are talking about.