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Creating Classics: The Golf Courses of Harry Colt Hardcover – 6 Nov 2008

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (6 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848310250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848310254
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 3.4 x 31.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'For those who want to read about, learn about or simply look at some great courses, Peter Pugh and Henry Lord's study of the architect HS Colt is an absorbing pleasure.' -- Guardian 'A superb record of the man and his work... a delight to read, and a perfect way to whet the appetite of any Colt fan looking at the pleasures of the courses yet to be played... An unqualified recommendation for all golf fans.' -- Tee Times 'This book will greatly enhance and consolidate Colt's reputation... Anyone with even the slightest interest in the golden age of golf course architecture will want to acquire it.' -- Through the Green 'This large-format appreciation, thoroughly researched and splendidly illustrated, examines the man [Colt] and his achievements in a style as captivating as the courses themselves.' -- Jeff Silverman, GOLF Magazine

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Peter Pugh is a businessman, company historian and former golf addict, with memberships at Royal Lytham and Royal Worlington (two of Colt's courses). His other books include The Magic of a Name, a three-volume history of Rolls-Royce, and two titles in Icon's famous Introducing series, on Margaret Thatcher and John Maynard Keynes.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By readinck on 28 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a birthday present earlier this month - it's a thoroughly impressive volume. Being what is politely described as a 'keen amateur golfer' I knew of Harry Colt and Co already of course. This has been put together with real love and care though and was a thoroughly fascinating read. There's some excellent history here, some lovely descriptions of the courses (some of which have been added to my Top 10 I'd Love to Play) and a real appreciation throughout the book both for the reader and of course for the exemplarary work of Mr Colt himself.

Add into that the sumptuous photographs - and some very thoughtful design work - and this really is a rich, elegant book. Heartily recommended to all golfers - or anyone looking to buy a golfer a Christmas present.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Lawrence C. Cooper on 11 Nov. 2012
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The book is beautifully presented but does not include reference to all the courses he worked on and does not really give as much detail on his design techniques as I would have liked. It is more of a "coffee table" book - glossy but lacking depth.
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If you love Golf and interested in the how some of the best courses were designed and created, then you're in for a treat. The photographs are stunning and really bring this book alive. The authors (Peter Pugh & Henry Lord)have done an excellent job in the research and the presentation of detail relating to the work of Golf course designer Harry Colt. He(Colt)has created some of the finest courses, most of which still exist for us to enjoy. Creating Classics simply oozes tradition - it's a gem.
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Excellent overview of the work of this great course designer. Very complete. Great background information, written with a lot of knowledge and enthusiasm. Great photography.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Turner on 31 Jan. 2009
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and disappoints because it adds very little to what is already published on Colt and his partners. Unlike the other recent bios on Ross, Mackenzie and Macdonald which have a lot of depth.

I got the impression that the authors are unfamiliar with the majority of courses reviewed and didn't do the necessary leg work. There are some curious choices of courses to review: Hankley Common included with only 3 Colt holes? Ditto for Royal Worlington, Formby, Ganton, Alwoodley.. all not really Colt courses. On the flip side, many excellent purely Colt courses have been inexplicably left out. There's also only one course in the USA: Pine Valley. None from Canada? Virtually nothing on Alison in Japan.

There are quite a lot of mistakes too in the stated facts, labeling of photos etc

On the plus side, many of the modern photos are great and the big find are the original Colt sketches of Edgbaston GC which are very nice.
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