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Material Type:Book
Monographic Author(s):Farley, G. A.
Monograph Title:Golf Course Commonsense: A Non-Technical Treatise on the Subject of Golf Course Maintenance, 1931.
# of Pages:264
Publishing Information:Cleveland Heights, Ohio: Farley Libraries
Collation:[8], 256 pp.
Evaluative Review:appears in Golfdom, March 1931, 5(3), p. 124.
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Golf course maintenance; Cultural methods; Choice of species; Establishment; Equipment; Records; Trees; Flowers; Golf courses in the community
Abstract/Contents:Presents a detailed overview of golf course maintenance. Topics discussed include: The history of golf; A description of the standard golf course; Greenkeeper education; Soil characteristics and fertilization; Drainage and irrigation; Choice of grasses; Establishment and maintenance of tees, fairways, greens and hazards; Topdressing and turf repair; Weed, disease and pest control; Equipment and supplies; Recordkeeping; Special circumstances in the Southern United States; Concrete construction; Tree and flower establishment and maintenance; and Golf in community welfare.
Library of Congress
Subject Headings:
Golf courses; Grasses; Lawns
Note:Cover and spine title: Golf Course Common Sense
Pictures, b/w
Suggested list of golf course equipment
Full author name is: Farley, Gertrude Adelia (1885-1964).
Annotation from Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf, by James B Beard, Harriet J. Beard and James C Beard:"This is a very rare book that is a must for collectors of historical turfgrass books. It is the first turfgrass book written by a woman. It is a key book on both agronomic turfgrass culture and management of golf courses. It was the most advanced work of its time, with both the fundamentals and how-to aspects presented. Note the inclusion of chapters on Growing Choice Flowers and Golf in Community Welfare. These were truly modern topics for golf course operations that were seldom addressed in the 1930s. The chapter subject titles include the following:

I. A Short History of Golf
II. Description Standard Eighteen Holes
III. Greenkeeper in the Making
IV. Soils, Fertilization and Growth
V. Drainage and Water Systems
VI. Grasses
VII. Teeing Grounds
VIII. Fairways
IX. Putting Greens
X. Hazards
XI. Top-Dressing and Turf Repair
XII. Weeds and Diseases
XIII. Birds, Animals and Insects
Equipment and Supplies
XV. Keeping Course Records
XVI. Greenkeeper in the South
XVII. Concrete Construction.
XVIII. Golf Course Tees
XIX. Growing Choice Flowers
XX. Golf in Community Welfare
" p. 223
Beard Section Heading:Bibliography of books/monographs on turfgrass culture
Beard Rarity Statement:Very 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:
"The first book on course maintenance written by a woman includes many observations and suggestions presented in a logical and down-to-earth manner. Gertrude Farley was an immensely constructive secretary to the GCSAA in its early years. She endeavored to keep her status as a woman hidden by using only her initials. Hopefully that issue has disappeared from contemporary society." p. 117
Cornish & Hurdzan Ratings:D1; C2; M4; H5
See Also:Other items relating to: Classic Reads in Turf
"In the nine-hole community golf course, which is laid out with sound knowledge and vision as a potential eighteen holes of golf. lies the progress of the game in its true relation to the civic welfare of the people of America."
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Farley, G. A. 1931. Golf Course Commonsense: A Non-Technical Treatise on the Subject of Golf Course Maintenance. [8], 256 pp. Cleveland Heights, Ohio: Farley Libraries.
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