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When was a Fowler a Fowler and when was it primarily a Simpson?... I understand that is not clear at The Berkshire.And do you think Fowler’s varying styles were always 100% deliberate or sometimes just a variable of his associate / partner, the construction crew or perhaps the time in his career?I haven’t seen that many of his courses and can’t remember a great deal about his career so genuine questions...Only walked a few holes of The Blue. Enjoyed The Red very much.
Interesting comments about Herbert Fowler as from what I’ve seen and has been mentioned above, and others will have seen more, he doesn’t seem to have had a particular style. Perhaps “no-style” is his style?Do we know if he had one or more regular construction supervisors/contractors or just used someone local to the project and whether he was more hands-on/on-site in comparison to his contempories?Shame that WW2 tank training trashed his original Saunton work. I would have liked to have seen that.Atb
The question I have, particularly when you are talking about bunker styles on a classic golden age course, is how do you know that the bunker style there now is what was their originally ? And secondly, how hands on was the architect in producing the bunkers in the first place. In other words if he just provided written instruction, then that leaves the construction down to the interpretation of the construction crew/greenkeeper.Niall
Thanks, as always, Sean. After years of reading your profiles, I can't help but put Fowler and Colt side by side. Now, I don't know which of their courses best epitomizes their respective styles, nor do I know how many and/or kinds of changes the years have wrought on any of their courses -- but that said, I like Fowler better. I think he was the 'better' architect, at least for my tastes and from afar. P