- Cotton, Henry
One of the most iconic covers, The Golf Course - Planning, Design, Construction & Maintenance is available in many editions. It hasn't changed much and offers principles that endure (IBSN 9780419122500).
In the book there are six main sections: Philosophy, Planning, Design, Construction, and Practical Politics. The material is straightforward and easy to understand.
Some information contained in the appendices is perhaps excessive even for the keen architecture student.
Overall, useful information is contained in the book. However, it is better used as a reference rather than to inspire.
Read if . . .
You a want a gentle and high-level overview of the practical side of planning, designing, constructing and managing a golf course.