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Golf Information News, Vol 8, No 9 December 2011

Welcome to the latest issue of Golf Information News - and the final issue of this year.
Christmas has come early here at HQ - I have been buying new books!

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James Braid

James Braid

By Bernard Darwin. James Braid (1870-1950) was one of the greatest professional golfers the game has ever seen. Five times British Open Champion and once Open Champion of France, he was a central figure in the era which saw golf grow from a little-known, little-played sport to a universally popular game. He, and his companions, Harry Vardon and John Henry Taylor made up the Triumvirate who dominated the game during its passage from infancy to maturity. His play is still fondly remembered from some of the most celebrated of all golf championships.

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St. Andrews: How to Play the Old Course

St Andrews how to play the Old Course

By Desmond Muirhead and Tip Anderson. The Old Course at St Andrews is the ultimate challenge to the world’s best golfers. This book describes how the Old Course should be played, whether you are a professional or an average golfer.

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British Golf Links

British Golf Links

By Horace Hutchinson. Originally published in 1897, this is a facsimile. A vivid picture of golf links in the UK. No reference source before it, and few in the 106 years since, have portrayed a more vivid picture of golf links in the UK.

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Golf in America: The First 100 Years

Golf in America

By George Peper. Like many other sports, golf is a game that loves to look back on itself, and this oversized volume, originally published in the late 1980s, does the retrospection splendidly. Touching on all aspects of the game – its history, its stars, its appeal, its courses, its equipment and even some basic instruction – it both introduces and commemorates a sport with deep roots.

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Practical Drainage for Golf, Sportsturf and Horticulture

Practical Drainage

By Keith McIntyre and Bent Jakobsen. Practical Drainage is easy to read and presented in a non–technical style generously supported with helpful illustrations. There are three key messages in this book: water moves sideways only slowly through soil – leading to a detailed description of how drains work; the how–and–why of perched water table methods of construction; and sands are different from one another – they must be tested before use in turf root zones.

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True Links: An Illustrated Guide to the Glories of the World's 246 Links Courses

True Links

By George Peper and Malcolm Campbell. An illustrated guide to the glories of the world’s 246 Link Courses. Although to the uninitiated, links is synonymous with golf, in fact a links is a specific kind of golf course. It's located close to the sea, on dune-like terrain over sandy, infertile soil; this results in fast-running fairways, but the ever-changing maritime winds make playing the course the ultimate challenge in golf.

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Swinley Special: one hundred years of Harry Colts’s ‘least bad course’

Swinley Special

By Nicholas Courtney. This is the story of Swinley Forest Golf Club near Ascot in Berkshire. It is not just the course that makes Swinley unique. This idiosyncratic club is a law unto itself, run solely to suit its very small and very exclusive membership. Swinley has always been an extension of the country houseparty, the city boardroom and the regimental mess. There are no handicaps and no medal competitions, just golf with friends.

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Walter Woods: memoirs of a greenkeeper!

Walter Woods Memoir

Finally a book donated by BIGGA. Greenkeeping legend Walter Woods has penned his autobiography. Packed with wisdom and anecdotes from the former St Andrews Links course manager’s impressive career, Walter Woods: memoirs of a greenkeeper! is a must-read for any greenkeeping professional.

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What's in the news?

Journals

A round up of recently published articles from a range of magazines and online newsletters. All the usual titles have been covered, including the latest issues of Golf Club Management, Golf Course Architecture, Greenkeeper International, and Greenkeeping.

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Journals - Contact Details

Our thanks to the publishers, who have allowed us to include their journals in the newsletter.

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