Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1926. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. 163 pages. Green cloth with illustrations of two golf flags on the front cover. Rare jacket is present and frayed and with some chips and small pieces missing (see images). Original $4.00 price still on jacket. Internally pages are in very good to excellent condition, no foxing or blemishes. Murdoch 378. Donovan & Murdoch 21930. True first edition with the white flag with a '1' and the red flag with an '18' on the cover. The book contains many photographs including many early ones from Pine Valley.
One of the cornerstone books on golf course architecture. Hunter collaborated with Alister MacKenzie on the design and construction of Cypress Point. He also designed a course ranked within the top 100 worldwide, the Valley Club of Montecito in California. Hunter also authored a book on poverty in 1904, essentially a book that advocated socialism in the United States. Scribner's didn't publish many golf books, but the ones they did are noteworthy, including this one and Charles Blair MacDonald's Scotland's Gift, two years after they published this title. The dust jacket blurbs for The Links were written by Alister Mackenzie, who said: I do not hesitate to say that it is the classic on the subject and by Walter Travis who called it a fine piece of work, unique in its field.