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Mike, I think your theory is quite plausible!
Ira, You make a good point. My sense is that there are more courses that Barker touched than are known, perhaps by creating basic or clumsy routings that were later discarded or modified.
Another course that Barker may have had a hand in laying out: Cherokee CC in Knoxville, TN. I found reference to it in one Sven's posts in GCA about courses with uncertain attributions. He attaches an article in the Daily Arkansas Gazette from June 29, 1916, which is after H.H. Barker left the United States for good, that says, "the club has recently opened a new course of regulation length, which was laid out by H.H. Barker, the English golf architect."
Sven,Are those the years that Barker was engaged or the years those courses opened? Thanks!
Ira, You make a good point. My sense is that there are more courses that Barker touched than are known, perhaps because he created basic or clumsy routings that were later discarded or modified.
Sven,Please keep your powder dry until I research and write the damn thing. I'll follow where the facts lead as I've done in prior pieces. Thanks.
Quote from: MCirba on December 23, 2022, 01:12:17 PMSven,Please keep your powder dry until I research and write the damn thing. I'll follow where the facts lead as I've done in prior pieces. Thanks.That's great Mike. Looking forward to reading it.I guess I get a bit wary whenever someone presents their theory prior to having examined all of the facts. Sven“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” ― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Doyle aside, all.of us have theories that cause us to investigate further.
Thanks for the kind words about the Travis/NGLA series of essays. Your point about Barker learning under Travis's tutelage while Travis implemented changes to toughen the golf course at Garden City is noted, and this May 1908 New York Tribune article suggests that both Travis and Barker were out on the course with shovels digging bunkers!
I do have one question at this point.Working with the assertion that Barker was Travis' puppet, and that Travis was trying to shield the work he did from the light of day, why are their a number of projects that were covered in the press as work that was being done by Barker under the supervision of Travis. Were these slip ups? Or was it the case that (a) there were projects that Travis referred to Barker for H. H. to handle on his own, (b) there were projects where Travis was more personally involved and (c) there were jobs that Barker procured on his own. Whatever the case, and especially during the early years of Barker's short career, I'm sure the two men discussed all of the work going on, just like many others in the field did back then.Sven