Some Essays on Golf Architecture by H.S. Colt and C.H. Alison, Limited Edition #73/100

This is an essential text for any golf historian’s or golf enthusiast’s library. Titled “Some Essays on Golf-Course Architecture," this book was co-authored by H. S. Colt and C. H. Alison. Colt and Alison had a widely successful design firm, which was responsible for over 300 golf courses throughout the world. The book also has contributions by Dr. A. MacKenzie, Horace G. Hutchinson, John L. Low, and others.

The book contains nineteen black and white illustrations and is organized into eight chapters: 1. Golf in the Nineties; 2. The Modern Course; 3. The Placing of Bunkers; 4. Construction; 5. Financial Considerations; 6. Labour-Saving Machinery and the Cost of Construction; 7. Golf in Belgium; and 8. Other Opinions. Colt elaborates on his tenants of course design throughout the book. “[Colt] was not opposed to blind shots, cautioned that when designing long holes that they not play into the prevailing wind, and was also a big proponent of a forced carry shot” (Valuable Book Group, 2010).

“Some Essays on Golf-Curse Architecture” was first published by Country Life in 1920. Copies of the original 1920 first edition are rare, however, there were reprint editions done in 1990 (this version) and 1993 in limited editions of 100 and 1,000, respectively. This book was published by Grant Books, Worcestershire, 1990. It has an introduction and commentary by Geoffrey S. Cornish and Fred Hawtree. This is identified as a limited edition #73/100.


In very good condition. Healthy pages and internally clean. Inscribed “#73” and “Shirley Grant” in blue ink on publication page. Presented in green covers with gilt title, as originally issued.

Dimensions: 10 3/4" H x 6 3/4" W x 1/2" D

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