The Anatomy of a Golf Course

The Art of Golf Architecture

by Tom Doak,

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 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.

  • Burford Books; May 2013
  • ISBN 9781580805285
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: The Anatomy of a Golf Course
  • Author: Tom Doak; Ben Crenshaw (other)
  • Imprint: Burford Books

In The Press

"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

About The Author

Tom Doak learned golf-course design as a member of Pete Dye's legendary course-architecture staff, and is now a highly regarded course architect in his own right, having designed and built courses throughout the United States. He is also a contributing aditor for Golf Magazine. He lives in Traverse City, Michigan.