Sir Guy Campbell wrote a little known book entitled Golf For Beginners in 1922. One chapter was dedicated to Course Construction and Green-Keeping. John Low contributed the forward and described the chapter as excellent and that it ought to be considered by all green committees.
1 – The objective of course design is to afford the greatest enjoyment for the greatest number whilst providing a proper test for the scratch players.
2 – Avoid as far as possible rough in which balls are likely to be lost.
3 – Provide a sufficiently wide, fair surface with hazards and bunkers placed down the centre leaving alternative routes either side.
4 – One large, irregular bunker or a series of pot bunkers forming a bunker unit, makes a splendid hazard for the centre of the fairway.
5 – Bunkers should not be cut into the green nor should they be placed on both sides of any green.
6 – Hazards should always appear natural.
7 – Avoid built-up tee grounds. Large tees allow for frequent tee changes.
8 – Natural hazards such as pits, quarries, ponds and streams are suitable but avoid trees. Natural banks, hollows, and knolls can take the place of bunkers.
9 – Never build plateau greens.
10 – Punchbowl greens are agreeable if they can be seen from where the shot is being played.
11 – A green should never be flat and every part of the green should be pin-able.
When we review the principles laid out, John Low’s influence is seen in the third and fourth. Perhaps, Alister MacKenzie‘s influence is felt in the second and seventh.
Whatever the case, his designs and influence based on these principles can still be found at Kington and West Sussex amongst others. Why not find a Sir Guy Campbell design near you? Click here to see our map.
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