On Golf Courses

“Golf on a first class course is never monotonous.”

“The worth of a golf course cannot be judged on mathematical lines; the crucial test is what gives the most lasting and increasing pleasure.”

“A good golf course grows on one like a good painting, good music, or any other artistic creation. It is not necessarily a course which appeals the first time one plays over it, but one that grows on the player the more frequently he visits it.”

“Every really good golf course should have some touches of subtlety that prevent the golfer from doing a low score without much previous practice.”

“A first class hole must have subtleties and strategic problems which are difficult to understand…”

“A golf course should be made interesting and a good test of golf by the tilt of the greens and the character of the undulations.”

“A well designed golf course should suit any golf ball or any class of player.”

“The course is not intended so much to punish severely the wayward shot as much to reward adequately the stroke played with skill and judgment.” Bobby Jones on Augusta National


“The Spirit of St. Andrews,” Alister MacKenzie, Sleeping Bear Press, 1995.

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