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Pinehurst, Home of American Golf

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Pinehurst, Home of American Golf Book by Richard Mandell. Signed, First Edition. Publisher: T. Eliot Press. Oct. 2007, 384 pages. Condition: New. Book dimensions 12.2"x9.2"x1.3". This book is out of print.  The book chronologically reviews the history of golf course development in the Sandhills and how it mirrored the growth, and often directed the evolution of golf architecture and development in the United States. Few authors have written books about Pinehurst. None of those writers has ever completed such a detailed review of an iconic landmark of the game of golf in the United States. Pinehurst ~ Home of American Golf reveals design, construction, and maintenance trends throughout the history of golf development. The book provides insight into the ingenuity and creativity of design and construction techniques of the past and how they relate to decisions made today.

Richard Sise Tufts, grandson of the founder of Pinehurst wrote, There is no better way to understand what Pinehurst is all about than to go back to the original ideals of its founder. It was the hope of James W. Tufts to establish at Pinehurst a small friendly community where those in need of it could find health-giving relaxation either for their years of retirement or for the purpose of equipping them to perform their daily tasks more efficiently.

Through the course of time the fulfillment of this function by Pinehurst has largely been entrusted to the game of golf. The placement of the confidence is fully justified, as there surely is no occupation which can do more for the individual along the lines the founder had in mind. That paragraph is to be found opposite the Table of Contents in the amazing book, Pinehurst, Home of American Golf, edited and just published by local course architect, Richard Mandell. Tufts words set the tone for Mandell s remarkable study of Pinehurst and its golf. He is well-equipped to provide readers with a comprehensive history of the courses here since he worked directly for course architect Dan Maples, whose father, Ellis learned his golf design craft from the master, Donald Ross, himself. Richard has been involved in over thirty course projects. After studying the book, Rees Jones states in the foreword, By writing this text, rich in detail and folklore, Richard allows golfers around the globe to learn about the area s history and the evolution of one of the greatest golf complexes in the world. The thoroughness of his research goes beyond the famous courses and into the quirks of history. What particularly struck your historian is the exacting way in which Mandell, by using contemporary aerial maps of the Pinehurst resort properties, is able to show the reader how the various tee boxes, fairways, bunkers and greens have evolved since the founding days. It reveals in great detail the true genius of James Walker Tufts, who was able to foresee that a once-primitive sport uprooted from Scotland could become the basis of a successful new American resort community if carefully developed. Fortunately for Mandell, and for all who treasure Pinehurst s unique history, he was aided in his pursuit of accuracy by having at his disposal the rare resources of the Tufts Archives. The book is filled with hundreds of photographs, drawings, architectural elements and old advertisements, all used in such a way that the reader senses the evolution here from very rough beginnings until the modern era.

Richard Mandell is a practicing golf course architect who has worked on more than forty golf course projects (new and renovations) in his seventeen-year career, including golf course restoration work on five Donald Ross golf courses. He first moved to Pinehurst after graduating from The University of Georgia to work for golf architect Dan Maples, whose father Ellis learned directly from Donald Ross. Upon returning to Pinehurst in 2000, Richard began his own golf course design firm, Richard Mandell Golf Architecture. 

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