A History of Golf in Britain

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  • Author:
    Darwin, Bernard
  • Contributors:
    • Campbell, Sir Guy
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From a golf course architecture perspective, Sir Guy Campbell contributes on pages 92 through 112 his thoughts on golf course design theory from a historical perspective.

He divides his critique of courses into three ages. Primitive are all courses up to the advent of the gutta-percha circa 1848. The Orthodox Age includes those best forgotten from 1848 until 1902 or 1903 that outraged nature itself. The Mechanical Age takes in all the courses constructed since the close of the South African War or the Second Boer War.

The Appendix features plans of courses, namely: 1921 Hoylake, 1932 Hoylake, Philip MacKenzie Ross' Ailsa at Turnberry, Sandwich, and The Old Course at St Andrews.

Overall, it is a history lesson on the ages of architecture from a purely British viewpoint. Of interest is the perspective of Campbell and his distinction of eras based on equipment advances and mechanised power for course construction.

The first edition from 1952 is found easily. (Click here.) A reprint by Classics of Golf is also readily available. Beware though! The reprint misses out Campbell's addition and therefore removes the motive for purchase for a golf course architecture junkie.

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You wish to have insight into a Golden Age architect's view of the chronology of golf course theory in Britain.

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