"A REALLY GOOD GOLF COURSE MUST HAVE FINE PUTTING-GREENS": PIPER AND OAKLEY'S TURF FOR GOLF COURSES, 1917 ILLUSTRATED FIRST EDITION
PIPER, Charles V.; OAKLEY, Russell A. Turf for Golf Courses. New York: Macmillan, 1917. Octavo, original green cloth.
First edition of this guide to North American golf course grounds management, with 20 photographic plates and numerous in-text illustrations.
"Good grass turf is conditioned by two great factors—climate and soil. The latter can be modified but the former must be accepted as it is… Every American who sees the wonderful Bluegrass and Creeping Bent lawns of England marvels how it is done. As a rule he is content to accept the hoary story that has done such veteran service: 'First you level it and seed it and water it; then you roll it and roll it and roll it—for about a hundred years, and there you are.' It's a good story and, like many another good story, has the merit of not being true." Includes chapters on soils, fertilizers, types of turf grasses, care and maintenance, weeds, pests, machinery, experimental work on golf courses, and a survey of personal experiences from great U.S. golf courses. With advertisements at rear for golf and other sporting titles. Murdoch 600.
Very nearly fine.