Honestly I feel like Golf was invented in Scotland with two key things in mind:
1. We have large areas of open land with short, sparse vegetation.
2. The Right to Roam. Golf courses are still essentially public recreational land, free for anybody to use for golf or otherwise.
So when you transplant that to the USA with its: 1. vast areas of unsuitable land which has to be utterly destroyed and then maintained in a specific extremely wasteful way, and 2. Very strict private property laws…
You have a recipe for the worst fucking idea for a sport imaginable.