Some Essays on Golf-Course Architecture

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  • Author:
    Colt, Harry S
  • Contributors:
    • Alison, Charles H
    • MacKenzie, Dr Alister
    • Hutchinson, Horace G
    • Low, John L
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Some Essays on Golf-Course Architecture is one of the best golf architecture books from one of golf's foremost practitioners, Harry Colt.


Chapters Two, Three, and Four are of most interest to the architectural student. "Framework" is the chapter on routing as discussed by Colt. Colt then discusses "Placing of Bunkers" and finally, "Construction." Agronomy, machinery, and financial considerations are covered in subsequent chapters.

Colt's design theories are easy to understand. He is both confident and direct in his assessments. For example, he writes regarding hazards: "Among hazards, sand is first. Heather is second. Long grass, third. Gorse then water, but only for aesthetics and variety. Even then, only sparingly."


The first edition of Some Essays on Golf-Course Architecture is in high demand and commands a premium. It can found by clicking here. It was re-published by Grant Books in 1990 and 1993 (9780907186250). Hardpress Publishing re-published it in 2013 (9781313474696). Forgotten Books re-published it in 2016 (9781333511357) among many others.

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