A Matter of Course: The Life of William Herbert Fowler 1856-1941, Golf Course Architect

A Matter of Course: The Life of William Herbert Fowler 1856-1941, Golf Course Architect

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A Matter of Course: The Life of William Herbert Fowler 1856-1941, Golf Course Architect. By Derek Markham, published 2021. Hardcover book and dust jacket, both in new condition.

220 pages, decorated endpapers, blue and white head and tail bands. limited edition of 650. Fowler designed several world class courses in the Surrey region outside London including Walton Heath and the Berkshire Red and Blue courses. He revised the Tom Morris layout at Royal North Devon in the early part of the 20th century and in 1926 he worked with Tom Simpson as they renovated Cruden Bay. He also designed Saunton in North Devon. In the United States he designed Eastward Ho! in Massachusetts.

This is the first book about this important golden age architect who contributed so much to the game and it is of very high quality. Fowler lived a rich and interesting life, living to the age of 85 and designing his last course at the age of 80. Exhaustive research went into the book and it is chocked full of black and white and color images.