Ernie Els has set a new 4 round PGA low scoring record.. His score of 31, get that, 31 under par won him the first event of the year. Are golf courses getting easier or are golfers getting better? Or both. Golf balls go further and clubs let you get away with off centre hits compared to traditional clubs that felt like you were using an iron pipe if you miss hit them. The golf balls definitely are going further. Even a handicap golfer like me notices that. When I strike one properly the ball goes further than it did 12 years ago, and I'm don't swing as hard. Or can't swing as hard more like it.