Golf by Rountree

rountree-death-or-glory

In 1910, author Bernard Darwin and artist Harry Rountree collaborated on The Golf Courses of the British Isles. Darwin’s writing was delightful and Rountree’s paintings were spectacular. One needn’t play, or even care about, golf to appreciate them. Among the many pleasures of the book are the names players had given to the different holes, “Death or Glory” being one of my favorites. Here are a few of the many.

rountree-romford

rountree-ravens

rountree-sheep

rountree-pulpit

rountree-in-the-woods

rountree-hades

roundtree-skegness

rountree-out-of-bounds

rountree-last-green

rountree-sea-girt

The course at Portmarnock was “sea girt” — an island when the tide was in — and after some games, one required a ride back to the mainland. The above was one illustration where Rountree indulged his gift for whimsy.