Smyers believes that the landscape for a course should be pleasurable, but also provide challenging, stimulating, and fair shots. He says that a course should thoroughly examine one’s golfing talents and abilities, and it should allow a player to score well if he plays well.
Smyers feels that the game of golf has evolved,, that golf product manufacturers have gained a greater understanding of the biomechanics and physics involved in the game and have taken advantage of modern maintenance practices to give players more distance. Smyers feels that, as a designer, he has to deal with these changes, rather than complain about them, and, as a United States Golf Association (USGA) board member, part of his job is to help his fellow architects understand how to deal with the changes too.
Dean Refram (November 8, 1936 – July 28, 1991) was an American professional golfer and golf course architect. Refram was born in Miami, Florida. He attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, and was a member of the golf team.