Suggested Reading

This list represents a relatively small cross-section of the many books written on the subject of golf course architecture in America.

Books by and about architects and courses featured in the program

From Birdies to Bunkers: Discover How Golf Can Bring Love, Humor, and Success into Your Life
    by Alice Dye with Mark Shaw

Scotland's Gift: How America Discovered Golf
    by Charles Blair Macdonald

The Evagelist of Golf: The Story of Charles Blair Macdonald
    by George Bahto

Thomas 'Tom' Bendelow, The Johnny Appleseed of American Golf
    by Stuart W. Bendelow

Golf Has Never Failed Me: The Lost Commentaries of Legendary Golf Architect Donald J. Ross
    by Donald J. Ross

Pete Dye Golf Courses: Fifty Years of Visionary Design
    by Joel Zuckerman

The Edict: A Novel from the Beginnings of Golf
    by Bob Cupp

The Seventh at St. Andrews: How Scotsman David McLay Kidd and His Ragtag Band Built the First New Course on Gol's Holy Soil in Nearly a Century
    by Scott Grummer

The Anatomy of a Golf Course: The Art of Golf Architecture
    by Tom Doak

Golf Course Designs
    by Tom Fazio with Cal Brown

The Spirit of Pinehurst
    by Lee Pace

Dream Golf: The Making of Bandon Dunes
    by Stephen Goodwin

Pinehurst: Home of American Golf
by Richard Mandell

General golf course architecture reference books

The Golf Course
    by Geoffrey S. Cornish and Ronald E. Whitten

Golf Courses of the PGA Tour
    by George Peper

The Art of Gold Design
    Landscapes by Michaels G. Miller/Essays by George Shackelford

Planet Golf USA: The Definitive Reference to the Great Golf Courses in America
    by Darious Oliver

The Golden Age of Golf Design
    by George Shackelford

Golf Architecture: A Worlwide Perspective
    Copiled and Edited by Paul Daley

World Atlas of Golf: The Greatest Courses and How They are Played

Golf in America
    by George B. Kirsch

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever
    by Mark Frost

Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    by George Shackelford

    by Dick Durrance II

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(Courtesy Jim Mandeville)
Muirfield Village Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus, has been consistently ranked in the Top 20 in the United States and Top 50 in the world since it opened.


Golfer teeing off at Bandon Dunes with Pacific Ocean breakers rolling in


In 1964 famous course architects Pete and Alice Dye built their first great golf course—Crooked Stick.