- Hilton, Harold
This sacred golf course architecture first edition text can still be found relatively inexpensively (1st Edition). However, the USGA did republish the book in 1987 (9780941774079). Perhaps overlooked because John Low is not as well known as he should be, this little book packs a punch well above its perceived weight.
The book itself covers a multitude of subjects, as was the common practice of the day. Chapters Two and Three discuss the "Teeing Ground" and "Through the Green". However, it is chapter Nine, which is worth the price of admission. In its nineteen pages are a multitude of principles that will concisely change the way you see the game. It was John Low and Stuart Paton who at Woking forever changed inland golf and strategic golf design with the placement of a single bunker of the fourth hole. Their genius has altered the game we play and has established best practice in golf course architecture since 1903.
If you haven't read chapter nine, your education in golf course architecture is incomplete.
Read if . . .
You want a masterclass in strategic golf course design. Principles are set out which are still relevant today as much as they were in 1903!