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Great stuff as always, Sean. Looks like a few of those bunkers (11, 13, & 14) are designed to look greenside without actually being so. Or are the pics playing tricks on me?And you'd place it where relative to its local competition? After Little Aston, Whittington Heath, Blackwell,.... and BD, of course. In with Harborne, Copt Heath, Sandwell Park and Enville, or is inclusion amongst that crowd pending chainsaw application?When are you publishing your West Midlands golf guide, anyway?
Sean,Thanks for the photo tour which has made me delve into my new Colt Book where there are a couple of original plans for Edgbaston (Hall) Golf Club. The three bunkers in line on the right hand side of the 5th green was planned to be one large long bunker.Here is Colt's plan for the 3rd green which I have scanned from the book.Here is my 3D pencil birds eye view sketch interpretation of Colts 3rd green surrounds. I like grassy hollows they are quite an effective low cost low maintenance form of hazard.Sean - was there a dip in front of the green cos it is not visible in your photo. We will have to arrange a trip to another course in Midlands area soon with James as well - Whittington Heath, Moseley, Harbourne, etc.CheersBen
This purple patch continues on the 6th.
Sean,Harbourne would be good - how about Copt Heath nr Solihull - designed by Harry Vardon and enhanced by Colt? We will have to arrange a date and time - James has Mondays off.CheersBen
Seanit does read like that. That Colt hadn't visited before his initial routing plan...probably just a stick plan. Then he revised it over the subsequent visits and drew those nice detailed plans. If it did happen that way. Usually he would visit and then send out a letter describing the course with a plan.It does sound like he was trying to maximise the length, including a tee way back on the 13th which would have needed a footbridge across the lake.I used http://acme.com/planimeter/ to estimate acreage....it depend on how far you go back into the perimeter tree line..80 acres was an underestimate but it's definitely less than 90.
SeanNo I doubt it...Colt was still very active in late 1920s and 1930s, he wasn't all that old.... in his 60s and he lived into his 80s (Fowler was a fair bit older). He did stop traveling to Continental europe around 1930 the latest trip we have found by him was down to Spain in 1930 to work on Madrid and Pedrena. Edgbaston isn't far from East Hendred!I'm pretty sure that after 1930 Morrison took over in Europe and did a load of work in Germany, some in Sweden, some in France and Holland (Hague with Alison) but Colt did the work (with Murray as his main man from Franks Harris) in GB&I, most notably Portrush (1933). Murray probably deserves a lot of credit too...getting the ideas and plans into the ground. He worked a lot on Portrush.
SeanIt's in the Colt style...the free-form greens i.e. not drawn with a circle or oval but rather with an extension of the fairway (Alison didn't draw like this, not sure about Morrison). He did this on the PVGC, Hamilton and Toronto plans. The annotation is spot on too S.B T.H.But the firm did employ a professional draftsman called 'Dacre" so it could well be his hand for Edgbaston. You can see that sometime later,Colt has drawn in a faint bunker on the 14th green and initialed it "add B HSC".Edgbaston must have been a welcome project in the UK...the bottom had fallen out of the market and they were getting hardly any work in the UK at that time (1936)