Ryan, to answer your question from November, I am an avid golfer with a single digit handicap. I was drawn to golf design because I had a love for the game, then developed a love for the golf design industry and golf architecture. Something romantic about the whole industry to me.
I think you have to be a good stick in order to be respected in the golf design scene. A lot of business is done on the golf course in the golf industry and if you are a bad player, you lose respect and potentially lose business, in my opinion.