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Material Type:Book
Monographic Author(s):Colt, H. S.; Alison, C. H.
Monograph Title:Some Essays on Golf-Course Architecture, 1920.
# of Pages:89
Publishing Information:London, England, United Kingdom: "Country Life" and George Newnes, Ltd.; New York, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
Collation:69, [19] pp.
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Golf course architects; Golf course design; Construction; Equipment; Budgets; History; Golf course construction; Bunkers
Abstract/Contents:Includes: Preface; Illustrations; Golf in the Nineties (Suburban Golf; Victorian Construction; Early Seaside Golf; Has Progress Been Universal?; and Questions); The Modern Course - Framework (Two Starting-Points; Sites for Putting-Greens; The Blind Approach; Length; Length of Individual Holes; Range of Teeing-Grounds; and General); The Placing of Bunkers (Compulsory Carries from the Tee; Optional Carries; Compulsory Carries for the Second Shot; Other Bunkers; Short Holes; and Protective Hazards); Construction (The Golfing Point of View; Putting-Greens; Gradients; Freak Greens; The Entrance to the Green; The Nature of the Hazards; Artificial Sand-Bunkers; Landscape; What to Avoid; An Open View; Artificial Hazards; Nature the Model; and Economy); Financial Considerations (Demand and Supply; Accessibility; The Quality of the Golf; Other Attractions; and Conclusion); Labour-Saving Machinery and the Cost of Construction (Mole-Drainage Machine: Comparative Cost of Mole Drainage; The Turf-Cutting Machine: Comparative Cost; The Scraper or Scoop: Comparative Cost; and General); Golf in Belgium; and Other Opinions.
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Subject Headings:
Golf courses
See Also:See also the 2 chapter records from this work; search as MCODE=SEGCA to isolate these records as a set in Power Search or: see records related to SEGCA
See Also:See also facsimile edition, 1990, R=19930. R=19930
Note:"With contributions by Dr. A. Mackenzie, Horace G. Hutchinson, John L. Low, and others"
Includes advertisements; pp. between p. 69 and back endpapers
Hole layouts
Pictures, b/w
Annotation from Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf, by James B Beard, Harriet J. Beard and James C Beard:"Alison commented on inland golf course playing conditions prior to 1900 in the United Kingdom:

Through the winter months the ball frequently stuck where it pitched, and was almost invariably covered with mud. As regards the putting greens, the greenkeeper relied mainly on the heavy roller for obtaining an even surface. He had not yet discovered the art of creating a porous soil in which the fine grasses could flourish, and which would remain firm in wet weather. The use of sand, except on the teeing grounds, was practically unknown, and no worm-killer had been invented."

"A rare, small, early book on golf course architecture and construction written by two widely recognized, pioneering golf architects, with four chapters by Harry S. Colt. It is a classic of its time. The chapter subject titles and listed contributing authors are as follows:

I. Golf in the Nineties - C.H. Alison
II. The Modern Course-Framework
III. The Placing of
IV. Construction
V. Financial Considerations
VI. Labour-Saving Machinery and the Cost of Construction
VII. Golf in Belgium
VIII. Other Opinions

English golf courses and cool-season turfgrass conditions are emphasized. The book contains numerous interesting early photographs. Included is a photograph of Harry S. Colt. It is a must for collectors of historical golf and/or turfgrass books. Coauthors Harry Colt and Charles Alison commented on a 1920s trend to construct golf courses near urban centers:

When the game of Golf began to achieve its widespread popularity in England, a demand naturally arose for golf-courses in the immediate neighbourhood of the large towns. Prior to 1890 the game had been played, for the most part, either on seaside links or on common land. But the new generation of golfers, many of whom were busy men, were unwilling or unable to waste precious time in travelling, and therefore tackled the problem of creating golf-courses on any land which was available in the suburbs." p. 148, 196
Beard Section Heading:Bibliography of books/monographs on turfgrass culture
Beard Rarity Statement:Rare
Beard Special Note:Identified by James B Beard in Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf (2014) as being old and rare based on his experience.
Annotation from
Golf Course Design,
by Geoffrey S. Cornish and Michael J. Hurdzan:
"This is one of the earliest books on contemporary course design. Colt, his layouts and his philosophy, have exerted a pervasive and enduring influence on course design. The book includes contributions from Mackenzie, Hutchinson, Low and others, with chapters on placing bunkers, construction, labor saving, and financial considerations." p. 58
Cornish & Hurdzan Ratings:D5; C4; H3; M3; P2
See Also:Other items relating to: DESIGN
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Colt, H. S. 1920. Some Essays on Golf-Course Architecture. 69, [19] pp. London, England, United Kingdom: "Country Life" and George Newnes, Ltd.; New York, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
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