The intent and stated purpose of The Captain George C Thomas Jr and His Golf Architecture is to revive the recognition of Thomas’ contributions to beauty, taste, and excellence in general, and to his golf course architecture in particular.
Shackelford explains the man behind his famous golf courses and his design strategy. As you read the book, you feel as though you are developing a relationship with the man himself.
Chapter 3 reduces the seminal work of Captain George C Thomas, Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction down to 23 pages.
For the architecture savant, Chapter 4 discusses his influencers and their contributions. The remainder of the book looks the well-meaning attempts at restoration and renovation of his golf courses.
Finally, Page 199 lists Thomas’ 7 general guidelines for golf course design as they appeared in the Bel Air Progress.
For a real golf course architecture geek-out, read this alongside “Golf Architecture in America – Its Strategy and Construction”.