|Summary of LIMITED EDITION Golf Book|
Watercolor Paintings and Insights from the Artist on the
of Modern Golf Course Design
of Modern Golf Course Design
BOOK SUMMARY This book is about one of the greatest games in the world. It is about golf, a game that has endured for over 500 years, longer than institutions and empires. Yet the future of the game, as a player’s game, is in peril. Between 2002 and 2016 ten million US players quit the game and hundreds of courses went out of business.
Players continue to lose interest. Non-players associated with the game, whose interests and motivations are different than players, are prospering. The National Golf Foundation calls the decline baffling. The $75.9 Billion golf industry is baffled.
This book presents a solution based upon research and backed by history and facts. This solution addresses “landscape effect”, the number one cause of the game’s problems. This “dangerous beauty” is responsible for making the game too expensive, making it take too long to play and making it to difficult, thereby diminishing fun for 95% of players. The book also offers a continuous process for stable growth and reverse of the game’s decline.
You will enjoy Sam’s 145 watercolors of gorgeous golf course landscapes. They are not only a delight, but they illustrate the authors’ argument of how contrived landscape effects in pursuit of memorable looks have become a “dangerous beauty” and a danger to the game. The paintings have meaning. They tell an intriguing story of the allure of beauty and it's seduction of the game.
A need for beauty achieved by ornamentation of a culture’s artifacts has been clearly evident in their histories. Buildings have been ornamented with decorative forms, colors and patterns of architectural materials. Landscapes in pursuit of beauty have been ornamented with landscape materials. It was only logical that course designers began to ornament courses in the manner of English gardeners, world leaders in the art of landscape gardening.
The pursuit of golf course beauty through use of ornamental landscape materials started quite innocently. By the end of the 1800s almost every town in England had built a course. The inland courses were criticized for being dull and dismal. Such comments as “No reason exists why a golf course should not decorate a landscape rather than disfigure it,” typified the Victorian Era’s mindset that became the force of society’s imperative for beautiful course scenery. By the year 1900, a movement had begun to improve landscape scenery of golf courses. The new linkscape gardeners became imbued with and adopted Immanuel Kant’s ideas of artistic genius and individualism; to be unique and creative one must be different.
John Ruskin’s and Horace Hutchinson’s ideas of architectural ornament
and the concepts of the British art of landscape gardening would
elevate a craft, linkscape gardening, to an art; golf course
architecture. It was full speed
ahead, unrestricted by classic arguments of form vs. function. Different
ahead, unrestricted by classic arguments of form vs. function. Different and
unique landscape elements of water, bunkers, foliage,
earth structures and features of form, color and scale would
incorrectly be justified as strategy.
unique landscape elements of water, bunkers, foliage, earth structures and features of form, color and scale would incorrectly be justified as strategy.
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