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Material Type:Book
Monographic Author(s):Hunter, Robert
Monograph Title:The Links, 1926.
# of Pages:189
Publishing Information:New York, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
Collation:xxvi, 163 pp.
Evaluative Review:Appears in Journal: The Journal of the Shivas Irons Society, May 2004, Vol. 1, p. 54-61, by Bradley S. Klein.
Appears in The CGS Bulletin, September 2014, v. 200, p. 21, by Peter Yagi.
URL to Search Item:https://www.amazon.com/Links-Robert-Hunter/dp/1886947511?ie=UTF8&reader=1&ref =sib dp pt#reader-link
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Keywords:TIC Keywords: Golf courses; Golf course design; Bunkers; Golf greens; Construction
Abstract/Contents:Includes: Ante Scriptum (To Links-Land; and Shots - Old and New); Things of First Importance; Laying Out the Course; The Climax of Golf - The Well-Placed and Well-Moulded Green; The Purpose of Hazards - Their Inspiration to Good Play; Placing the Hazards; Constructing the Hazads; and Other Things of Importance.
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Subject Headings:
Golf courses; Golf -- History; Golf courses -- Design and construction
See Also:See also related article, "Now and then: A review essay of four books on golf course design", Journal: The Journal of the Shivas Irons Society, vol. 1, May 2004, p. 54-61, by Bradley S. Klein R=165627 R=165627
Note:Includes preface; pp.v-xix
Variant cover (plain without flagsticks) rebind by Golfdom in 1935.
Also reprinted by the USGA, 1995; Aisla, 1998; Sleeping Bear Press (& later John Wiley & Sons), 1999.
Pictures, b/w
Annotation from Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf, by James B Beard, Harriet J. Beard and James C Beard:"One of the classic early American works on the architecture of golf courses. A rare, must book for collectors of historical golf books. The photographs of famous golf holes in North America and England are well done. The chapter subject titles include the following:

-Ante Scriptum - To Links-Land
-The Purpose of Hazards - Their Inspiration to Good Play
-Ante Scriptum - Shots - Old And New
-Things of Importance
-Placing the Hazards
-Laying Out the Course
-Constructing the Hazards
-The Climax of Golf - The Well-Placed and Well-Moulded Green
-Other Things of Importance

Regarding the question of whether roughs and hazards should be included in the tillage and planting of a golf course, Hunter stated the following:

Grassy hollows, mounds, and the banks of bunkers should be sowed with good seed and not allowed to grow wild, as otherwise they will become breeding-places for weeds. The club which can afford to do so should plough up its rough and sow it also." p. 443
Beard Section Heading:Specialty turfgrass books/monographs: Architecture and planning of turfgrass facilities
Beard Rarity Statement:Rare
Annotation from
Golf Course Design,
by Geoffrey S. Cornish and Michael J. Hurdzan:
"Hunter became interested in course architecture after visiting the classic courses of Great Britain in 1912. His treatise, said to be the first known American book on course design, is detailed and well illustrated with historic photographs of the classic courses while still in their original states. Hunter authored many essays on course design in periodicals starting his career as a champion of the underprivileged. He later ran for governor of Connecticut on the Socialist ticket. Still later he became involved with several of the nation's leading country clubs and became an opponent of President Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal, although he had started his career as a champion of the poor." p. 76
Cornish & Hurdzan Ratings:D5; C3; M2
See Also:Other items relating to: DESIGN
Quotable quotes"...When we build golf courses it should be remembered that the greatest and fairest things are done by nature and the lesser by art, as Plato truly said...."
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Hunter, Robert. 1926. The Links. xxvi, 163 pp. New York, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
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