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"Richard Mandell's recently released "Principles of Golf Architecture" is one of the most consequential books by a modern golf course architect. The writing is clever, concise and candid. Images are practical. A must-read for anybody seeking to learn more about golf courses."
-Guy Cipriano | Editor-In-Chief for Golf Course Industry Magazine.
"It takes something genuinely original and really well written to add something worthy to the database. In his fourth book, Richard Mandell uses his frank, candid, and forthright voice to cover what he regards as the eight elements and 35 principles of course design. And the result is thoroughly absorbing."
-Tony Dear | Links Magazine
"[Principles of Golf Architecture] is a thoughtful treatise. Mandell's writing is sure, the innumerable colorful course photos used to explain his points are as welcome as they are instructive. It all works. Just like a Mandell course. This is a perfect book for those who want to understand more about the game they love and the courses they play."
-Jim Davis | Golf Heritage Society
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Principles of Golf Architecture
The Principles of Golf Architecture intends to describe the details of the golf course design process as concisely as possible, first by defining both the Elements and Principles of Design in general terms and then relating these concepts to the art and science of golf architecture.
Richard Mandell tackles the often ambiguous elements of Line, Form, Shape, and Texture, among others, and describes their application to the design of golf courses, from layout to details such as putting green design. In addition, he breaks down the universal principles of design such as Balance, Emphasis, Rhythm, and Variety and their utilization in golf architecture. Mandell brings his own principles to the process as well, such as Challenge, Chance, Mystery, Quirk, Randomness, and Subtlety.
Utilizing a multitude of course photos, sketches, and drawings to supplement the text, Mandell weaves together design theory, historical perspective, operational considerations, and construction practices to provide the reader with his perspective of what it takes to design and build a course from the golf architect’s drawing table to fruition. Principles of Golf Architecture is a compendium of Mandell’s forty years of experience, sharing his own thought process and design approach with the reader every step of the way.
The Elements of Design
CHAPTER 1: ELEMENT OF LINE
CHAPTER 2: ELEMENT OF SPACE
CHAPTER 3: ELEMENT OF SHAPE
CHAPTER 4: ELEMENT OF FORM
CHAPTER 5: ELEMENT OF TEXTURE
CHAPTER 6: ELEMENT OF COLOR
CHAPTER 7: ELEMENT OF SCALE
CHAPTER 8: ELEMENT OF NATURE
The Principles of Design
CHAPTER 9: PRINCIPLE OF BALANCE
CHAPTER 10: PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM
CHAPTER 11: PRINCIPLE OF CONTRAST
CHAPTER 12: PRINCIPLE OF EMPHASIS
CHAPTER 13: PRINCIPLE OF MOVEMENT
CHAPTER 14: PRINCIPLE OF PROPORTION
CHAPTER 15: PRINCIPLE OF UNITY
CHAPTER 16: PRINCIPLE OF VARIETY
CHAPTER 17: PRINCIPLE OF RANDOMNESS
CHAPTER 18: PRINCIPLE OF INTENTION
CHAPTER 19: PRINCIPLE OF CHANCE
CHAPTER 20: PRINCIPLE OF PAR
CHAPTER 21: PRINCIPLE OF VISIBILITY
CHAPTER 22: PRINCIPLE OF PLAYABILITY
CHAPTER 23: PRINCIPLE OF DIFFICULTY
CHAPTER 24: PRINCIPLE OF FAIRNESS
CHAPTER 25: PRINCIPLE OF PENALTY
CHAPTER 26: PRINCIPLE OF CHALLENGE
CHAPTER 27: PRINCIPLE OF QUIRK
CHAPTER 28: PRINCIPLE OF MYSTERY
CHAPTER 29: PRINCIPLE OF ANGLES
CHAPTER 30: PRINCIPLE OF DIRECTION
CHAPTER 31: PRINCIPLE OF DEFINITION
CHAPTER 32: PRINCIPLE OF CONNECTION
CHAPTER 33: PRINCIPLE OF SUBTLETY
CHAPTER 34: PRINCIPLE OF SIMPLICITY
CHAPTER 35: PRINCIPLE OF CHARACTER
AFTERWORD: PRINCIPLE OF TRENDS
Featured chapter: Chapter 24: The Principle of Fairness
“Every golfer worthy of the name should have some acquaintance with the principles of golf course design, not only for the betterment of the game, but for his own selfish enjoyment. Let him know a good hole from a bad one and the reasons for a bunker here and another there, and he will be a long way towards pulling his score down to respectable limits. When he has taught himself to study a hole from the point of view of the man who laid it out, he will be much more likely to play it correctly”
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