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The Anatomy of a Golf Course

The Art of Golf Architecture

by (author) Tom Doak

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Jun 1998
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    Publish Date
    Jun 1998
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Behind every golf hole lies an influence on every golfer's game that few golfers ever contemplate: the course architect. Why a hole dog-legs left and not right, why bunkers end up where they are, the length of a hole, the view from the tee- all these factors and many more are the result of choices made by the golf architect to challenge, and sometimes intimidate, any golfer's game.

Tom Doak, one of America's youngest and most successful golf architects, here discusses his craft and explains the strategies behind a golf architect's decisions. Knowing why a course a course is laid out is critical to how the course should be played. Knowledgeable golfers and beginners alike will find The Anatomy of a Golf Course fascinating- and stroke-saving- reading.

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Tom Doak is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.

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Editorial Reviews

"Tom Doak is a brilliant and innovative course architect who has created courses which excite the imagination and reveal his mastery of the art. Every golfer, from scratch to 36, will benefit from reading this book."
- Joseph S.F. Murdoch, President, Golf Collector's Society