- Crenshaw, Ben
The intent and stated purpose of the book is to revive the recognition of George Thomas' contributions to beauty, taste, and excellence in general, and to golf course architecture in particular.
Shackelford explains the man behind the courses and 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 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 in California and the well-meaning attempts at restoration and renovation. 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".
Read if . . .
You want an understanding of the legendary and unique character that was George C. Thomas.