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April 1930: Golf course siting
« on: April 18, 2003, 11:41:08 AM »
Not sure if this has ever been posted; from a 1930 article in the "The American Golfer" by Charles H. Banks (.pdf file):

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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2003, 12:41:53 PM »
Great article to post, thanks!   One sentence on page 3 highlights a key difference between classic golf architecture and today's golf architecture.   It's when Banks is talking about the different site requirements of the six (!) courses he had in progress at the time, late 1929.   At Westhampton, "Most of the land had to be cleared and there were numerous bayous to be filled."   What are the chances of filling numerous mud puddles today, not to mention bayous?

And I loved the great golf hole feature on # 15 at Oakmont.  A slight pull on the tee ball to point "2" and and a solid 2-iron which gets the right roll and you're on in two.  At that time the hole, now 455 yards, was apparently 475 yards as the article lists.  Imagine doing that with 1930 equipment and balls.  Firm and fast indeed!
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Re: April 1930:
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2003, 01:49:45 PM »
Charlie Banks wrote a number of articles - 6 in that set - plus a few more in other publications about architecture. They gave me a great insight to him and to Raynor as well, for he often spoke about him and the projects they were working together.

The Westhampton course in that article is not Westhampton CC but their "second" course which was the Westhampton Oneck course  (NLE) - lost after the depression.
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 07:00:00 PM by 1056376800 »
If a player insists on playing his maximum power on his tee-shot, it is not the architect's intention to allow him an overly wide target to hit to but rather should be allowed this privilege of maximum power except under conditions of exceptional skill.
   Wethered & Simpson


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