The Different Schools of Golf Design
The Different Schools of Golf Design

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The Golden Age of Golf Design 1st Edition

Editorial Reviews Review

Through deft use of archival photographs, sketches, written citations by the architects themselves, and a series of evocative watercolors by golf pro Mike Miller, Geoff Shackelford aims for why these courses continue to beckon, challenge, impress, and endure. His shot is right on target. He breaks down the designers into their various schools of thought, tracing their import, evolution, and influence. Next he introduces the individual architects themselves through short career summaries accompanied by details about their writings, golfing skills, design theories, characteristics, and, of course, a list of their legacies. Best of all are the wonderful old photos of great holes, many accompanied by snippets of design philosophy from the creating wizard. It adds up to a book golfers should savor–and study. Knowledge is power on the course, and understanding the hows and whys of the demonic challenges that designers subtly and not-so-subtly integrate into their layouts can mean the difference between a scratch handicap and scratching your head in bewilderment. –Jeff Silverman

From the Inside Flap

The finest architects the world has ever known were practicing during this era and each is well-represented in this landmark book. C.B. Macdonald, Alister MacKenzie, Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast, George Thomas, William Flynn, and so many others are honored in these pages. Every important early American course built or redesigned during the “Golden Age” is included: Oakmont, the National Golf Links, Pine Valley, Merion, Baltusrol, Winged Foot, Riviera, Shinnecock Hills, Pinehurst, Oakland Hills, Cypress Point, Augusta National, Pebble Beach, Prairie Dunes, the Country Club and more.

In the Golden Age of Golf Design, the original work of these “master” architects is remembered and their work analyzed. And even though the emphasis is on the newly uncovered photographs of these famous courses as their architects left them, biographical profiles and timeless quotes are included from the famous architects and their prominent counterparts to remind us of the true genius of these artists. On top of the remarkable old photography, original golf landscape paintings by Mike Miller introduce each chapter and serve as a colorful reminder of how stunning many of these classic layouts must have looked. The Golden Age of Golf Design brings to life many forgotten holes courses and great architects and is sure to become a classic in golf literature circles.

Product details

  • Publisher : Sleeping Bear Press; 1st edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 216 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1886947317
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1886947313
  • Item Weight : 2.48 pounds
  • Dimensions : 10.87 x 0.89 x 8.37 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #2,188,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
    • #1,156 in Architecture (Books)
    • #1,263 in Landscape Architecture (Books)
    • #2,696 in Golf (Books)
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One final note: the MSRP in 1999 was $65, so paying $100 now is more reasonable than it initially felt.

1. The Early Influences (e.g., Old Tom Moris, Harry S. Colt)

2. The National School of Design (e.g., C.B. Macdonald, Seth Raynor)

3. The Philadelphia School of Design (e.g., George Crump/Pine Valley, Hugh Wilson/Marion, AW Tillinghast, George C. Thomas, Jr.)

4. The Ross School of Design (Donald Ross)

5. The MacKenzie School of Design (Dr. Alister MacKenzie)

6. The Monterey School of Design (e.g., Samual Morse, H. Chandler Egan)

7. Other Schools of Design (e.g., Perry Maxwell, Stanley Thompson)

The author describes, in depth, the famous architects of this time – their influences, design philosophies, famous courses with beautiful black and white photographs of their original work (since much of it has evolved/changed over the years).

For anyone interested in golf course design or golf, I would highly recommend this book.

Over 30 designers active from 1890-1940 are profiled with biographies, contributions to golf and examples of their work. Many never before published photographs are highlights of the book.

You will see great views of the classic courses with scenes under construction and during play, and such unusual hazards as furrowed bunkers and chocolate drop mounds. Many original designers’ drawings are also included.

A series of original paintings adds color and life to some of the legendary holes. This is fascinating reading that will immerse you in the history of the great golf courses that are as viable today as when they were created.

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