Yes we do have some good course designers in town. We also have a ton of courses. Why on earth wouldn't we want to have a course designed by one of the premier architects currently in the game?
I for one am in the process of trying to get work for John in the area, here is my rationale.
Why not? Why not have a "Houck Designed" course right here in the metro area to compare our solid folks against? Why not have that to lure some people to the area that may want to just visit it as an attraction? Why not then understand that the diversity we bring in may enable us to get new ideas from him, or solidify the notion that we do know what we are doing with our lands that we play on?
Though not a large proponent of Texas, his accolades follow him, as such wouldn't we be silly to shoo him away because of favoritism?
I for one am very interested in not only having a course here but hopefully the chance to work and develop them with him and learn from the experiences that he has.
Even with all of our wonderful folks designing courses in the area, collectively we are still a small fraction of the courses that he has designed. You learn better tricks from the top pros to help your game, why not learn some new tricks from a top pro on the design side?
Lighten up, Francis.