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Material Type:Book
Monographic Author(s):Thomas, George Clifford
Monograph Title:Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction, 1927.
# of Pages:367
Publishing Information:Los Angeles, CA: The Times-Mirror Press
Collation:xxv, 342 pp.
URL to Search Item:http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1886947147/ref=sib dp pt/104-4030681-8439159#reader-link
   Last Checked 03/2005
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Golf course architects; Golf course design; Golf courses; Golf course construction; Golf course renovation; Drainage; Strategic design; Aesthetic values
Abstract/Contents:Includes chapters devoted to: Different Courses; The Strategy of Golf Courses; Something About Choice and Construction; The General Plan for the Property; Beauty and Utility; Adapting the Course to the Ground; The Ability to Create; The Balance of Area; Actual Construction; Remodeling Old Courses; Arbitrary Values; The Unknown Equation; and Underdrainage.
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Subject Headings:
Golf courses; Golf courses -- United States -- Design and Construction
Note:See also Facsimile edition, 1997, by Sleeping Bear Press (as GV 975 .T4 1997)
Color and b/w plates
Pictures, b/w
Annotation from Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf, by James B Beard, Harriet J. Beard and James C Beard:"A key book that is a must for collectors of historical turf and/or golf books. It is one of the classic works on the architecture and construction of golf courses. The chapter subject topics include the following:

I. Different Courses
II. The Strategy of Golf Courses
III. Something about Choice and Construction
IV. The General Plan for the Property
V. Beauty and Utility
VI. Adapting the Course to the Ground
VII. The Ability to Create
VIII. The Balance of Area
IX. Actual Construction
X. Remodeling Old Courses
XI. Arbitrary Values
XII. The Unknown Equation
XIII. Underdrainage

The chapters on construction and establishment were the most comprehensive that had been written up to 1927. The photos of golf holes and the architectural drawing were well done, especially the latter. It includes a drawing for an eighteen golf course of one-shot holes in the back. George Thomas discussed the costs of constructing a golf course in California in 1927 as follows:

A representative cost to build an 18-hole golf course in California in 1927 would be US $81,000; with the minimum cost for course maintenance in California being US $25,000." p. 447
Beard Section Heading:Specialty turfgrass books/monographs: Architecture and planning of turfgrass facilities
Geographic Terms:United States
Annotation from
Golf Course Design,
by Geoffrey S. Cornish and Michael J. Hurdzan:
"Regarded as the American classic on course design, this book has inspired generations of designers and writers. It covers many of the greatest courses of the day and why they were important, together with most aspects of design. This work has also inspired generations of designers and writers, and as a reference book helped restore course architecture following a quarter of a century of neglect during the Depression and World War II, when the art form was almost lost." p. 102
Cornish & Hurdzan Ratings:D5; C4; M2; H4; P2
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Thomas, George Clifford. 1927. Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction. xxv, 342 pp. Los Angeles, CA: The Times-Mirror Press.
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