IN moments of trial—when a sliced drive carries out of bounds or a topped iron shot skitters into the rough—golfers are apt to explode into club-throwing wrath and curse the fiends who laid out so careless a maze.

Nothing could be more unfair. Nearly all the nation's 5,000 golf courses, with their green acres of barbered landscape, are carefully planned tests of skill. Artful purpose goes into the spotting of the bunkers and traps, the contours and creeks and greens of well-planned holes such as those pictured on the next four pages.

In the U.S., no man has been more successful in...

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