Touring golf courses in the Northeast has been a great pleasure for me this Fall. There are literally dozens of seriously great golf courses all within 1-3 hours drive (depending on traffic) of NYC alone. A truly unmatched stock of golden age golf. Since starting work on Paramount's (A.W. Tillinghast) restoration I have been able to see Sleepy Hollow (C.B. Macdonald), St. George's (Devereux Emmet), and Whippoorwill CC (Charles Banks), all built in the early 20th century. Touring these courses in addition to an intensive study of Paramount has allowed me to think critically about how the architecture of this period was influenced not only by the technological limitations of the time but also the way that golf was played.
I believe that many of the golf courses built before the advent of the steam shovel, aka bull dozer,(with the exception of a few modern design) are as close to equating form and function than at any other time in golf construction. Some today would call Emmet's building style at St.George's minimalism, I say this is the logical practice of golf course construction.