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I strongly second Tom's view.The First Edition is definitely the one to go for.In an age before the internet, this book opened a lot of aspiring architect's eyes to the world beyond their own shores. The beautiful course maps have never been matched in any publication since. I wonder what happened to the original artworks?
What_the_hell is going on?Reading this thread, I realised I hadnít bought the latest WAOG despite having seen it in bookshops everywhere. So, I thought Iíd nip online and get myself a copy.What did I pay?FORTY FIVE PENCE. FORTY FIVE PENCE!
What_the_hell is going on?Reading this thread, I realised I hadnít bought the latest WAOG despite having seen it in bookshops everywhere. So, I thought Iíd nip online and get myself a copy.What did I pay?FORTY FIVE PENCE. FORTY FIVE PENCE!The sodding postage was £2.80. £3.25 delivered to my home for one of the best books on our subject.Mind-boggling.F.
Absolutely, TD. Itís a beast of a tome. Quite lovely with those glorious illustrations and marvellous text. Iím sitting looking at it in awe on my coffee table right now.Iím quite ashamed.F.
Fortunately, some things have definitely improved over time. You have to wonder who ever thought planting small white pine trees in a straight line was a good idea.A little off topic for this thread but the back story about why these trees got planted is interesting. About a month after the 1953 US Open at Oakmont, Herb Warren Wind's regular post major article appeared in The New Yorker and focused on the event itself and how Oakmont and Pittsburgh were made for each other (toughest course in USA and blue collar, beer and shot town). He also wrote that about extreme hot temperatures all week and brutal sunlight with no trees on the course to provide shade. The club president in 1953 proposed to the governing board that they initiate a tree planting effort (remember...the Fownes were no longer running the club by then). I first saw the course about 18 years later in the early 70's (but not to play it,...attending a wedding in February :'( and viewing the 9th/practice green under a blanket of snow from inside clubhouse). It looked like any other parkland course with large trees lining the fairways. In July 2019 I played Iron Horse Golf Club in Montana and was fortunate to meet an Oakmont member (Jim M.) who was the head of the Greens Comm when they started to remove trees at night (he later became club president) and he confirmed the above. So the blame for the trees lies with the Club's President and Board in 1953.
I discovered I do indeed have the 2012 edition.It is a queer sized book, about nine by nine inches, and the illustrtaions are akin to comparing Japanese movie cartoonwork to the old hand drawn and colored artwork in the classics ie Cinderella etc. I have no doubt the 70s/early 80's editions are the place to land