Golf Architecture – Economy in Course Construction and Green-Keeping

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  • Author:
    MacKenzie, Dr. Alister
  • Contributors:
    • Colt, Harry S
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A must-read, golf course architecture sacred text for every golf course architecture student.

After an introduction by H.S. Colt, the General Principles of Economy in Course Construction and Green-Keeping are discussed in Chapter One. In the Second Chapter entitled Some Further Suggestions, he addresses seven issues regarding course construction from Labour to Manure. The Third Chapter is entitled Ideal Holes where many elements of holes still found in the U.K. are highlighted for their architectural merits. The final Chapter discusses The Future of Golf Architecture, where some of MacKenzie’s predictions are stunningly accurate and others we are still waiting to see.

MacKenzie provides 22 original photos and sketches to illustrate his 13 principles at work. The photos and illustrations highlight Sitwell Park, Headingley, Moortown, City of Newcastle GC, Alwoodley, Harrogate, Grange-over-Sands, Wheatley Park, Fulford and St. Andrews.

There are not many options between the two extremes. The first edition is small, rare and in high demand but it can found by clicking here. An excellent reprint has been offered by Coventry House Publishing in 2015 (9780692513408). This edition faithfully reproduces the cover in the style of the original 1920 dust jacket.

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You want insight into the mind of one of golf's most significant architects and an overview of his 13 guiding principles.

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