Beware of three-shotters, unless there is some special natural feature demanding them. The starting holes should be comparatively easy, so as not to congest the course; the finishing ones should be long and difficult, for they are often the deciding ones in a match and no one should win a game on an easy hole. The fewer the blind holes the better. The bunkers around the greens should always be visible when within striking distance. A wider margin will naturally be given for a brassie shot than a mashie, but in no case should the bunkers be unfair. One should be able to get out with one shot without Herculean effort.
The placing and contouring of greens requires serious consideration, as they must blend into the surrounding terrain. Seventy per cent of the putting surface should be available for the placing of the hole. If this is so a putted ball will not increase its momentum after leaving the club. Drainage must at all costs be taken care of. A green should face the shot but should never recede from the player for the very reason that it will be invisible. A practice green and extra putting green helps to pass away the time while waiting, as well as developing one’s game.
The first and tenth tee should be at the club house, as on crowded days both nines can be used for the first hour. As considerable play takes place in the late afternoon, if possible do not face too many holes into the west, because of the irritation of the sun. The careful placing of bunkers and proper treatment of the rough tends to speed up play by eliminating lost balls.” Stanley Thompson
The Stanley Thompson Society has recently been forwarded from Thompson protege Geoffrey Cornish, an original copy of About Golf Courses: Their Construction and Upkeep written by Thompson himself which is available for viewing at the University of Guelph Archives.