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Principles of Golf Architecture

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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
AFTERWOD: PRINCIPLE OF TRENDS

“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”
 

-Bobby Jones

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The Legendary Evolution of Pinehurst, Home of American Golf is a completely updated and rewritten version of his 2007 International Network of Golf Book of the Year with never before seen historical photographs and the newly detailed story of one of the most important restoration projects of the twenty-first century.

By Richard Mandell

Since Richard Mandell was fifteen years old, he has been captivated by the playing fields of the game of golf. Growing up surrounded by some of the greatest golf courses in the world, it was easy for him to fall under the spell. Winged Foot, National Golf Links of America, Bethpage Black and many others in New York shaped his early ideals and philosophies about the art of golf architecture.
   Nestled among the courses throughout the Met Area, Rye Golf Club and its quirky routing, influenced by a myriad of rock outcroppings, laid the foundation for his love of golf architecture.  As a youth, he and his friends would hike up the wooded dirt path from Chamberlain Street with three or four clubs to share among the eight of them.  They would start on the fifth tee and, if they were lucky, get through holes six, seven, two, three, and four before scurrying back down the hill before getting caught.  
   Since those halcyon days of his youth, Richard Mandell, ASGCA, has gone on to design more than 75 golf course projects of varying shapes and sizes in fifteen states and China.  His firm, Richard Mandell Golf Architecture, has earned 31 different awards and accolades in four different decades of practice.  In addition to being a golf architect, he is a licensed landscape architect, certified arborist, and accomplished writer.  Richard is also a member of the USGA Museum Committee. Principles of Golf Architecture is Mandell’s fourth book and he lives on the border of Pinehurst and Southern Pines, North Carolina, with his wife Mary and their sons, Thomas and Joshua.  

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