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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A sacred golf architecture text from one of golf's foremost practitioners.

Chapters Two, Three, and Four are of most interest to the architectural student. Called "Framework", routing is discussed by Colt. Next, the "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 is in high demand and commands a premium. It can found by clicking here. It was republished by Grant Books in 1990 and 1993 (9780907186250). Hardpress Publishing republished it in 2013 (9781313474696). Forgotten Books republished it in 2016 (9781333511357) among many others.

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You want an overview of strategic golf design precepts without a lot of unnecessary detail.

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