Golf Architecture: Economy in Course Construction and Green Keeping by Dr. A. Mackenzie, 1st Edition 1920. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. LTD. Introduction by H.S. Colt, Illustrated, 135 pages, hardcover. Fine Condition
“Alister J. Mackenzie (1870 – 1934) is recognized as the most influential golf course architect of the early twentieth century. A graduate of Cambridge University, Mackenzie served as a surgeon in the Boer Wars, where he became intrigued by the camouflage techniques employed by Afrikaner soldiers. He continued to practice medicine upon his return to England, but increasingly dedicated time to his interest in golf course architecture. In 1914 he won first prize in a hole-design competition sponsored by Country Life, and later became partners with the accomplished design team of H.S. Colt and C.H. Alison. Mackenzie’s reputation was secured with the publication in 1920 of his seminal work “Golf Architecture”, in which he set forth 13 rules for successful design.” – The Game of Golf and the Printed Word by Donovan & Jerris. Mackenzie designed more than 50 golf courses spread across three continents including three that are among the absolute best: Augusta National Golf Club, Cypress Point Club in the US and Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West Course) in Australia.
This rare volume stands high on the list of collectible golf architecture books.