From its original wilderness, golf has been analysed dissected and to a certain point standardized. From wild organic swings, holes and strategies, the game has been divided to a mechanical form Henry Ford would be rather proud of.
The continuity of the Old Course is remarkable. Look how it is difficult to "define" the holes (where are the tees and greens) on the Old Course (inside the red perimeter) compared to the New course and the other sister courses at St. Andrews. The mowing is only one contribuating asset of the continuous experience of the course.
Do you go aggressive, knowing you are going to get bitten once in a while... or walk carefully and slowly shot after shot for 4 1/2 hours? Then golf becomes a sport.