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Golf Course Designs

Fazio, Tom; Brown, Cal

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ISBN 10: 0810967170 / ISBN 13: 9780810967175
Published by Harry N. Abrams, 2000
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2000 Forest Creek Golf Club hardback is inscribed by Tom Fazio is personalized no marks and is in great condition with dust coverAND AS ALWAYS SHIPPED IN 24 HOURS; and emailed to you a USPS tracking number on all orders; all books are sanitized and cleaned for your protection before mailing. PLEASE NOTE OVER SEAS BUYERS if the book extra large or heavy there will be additional postage due to the new US Postage rates. Bookseller Inventory # 130527037C

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Title: Golf Course Designs

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Collectible: Like New

Dust Jacket Condition: Like New

Signed: signed / Inscribed (personalized)

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In this illustrated book, Tom Fazio shows golfers the inner workings of a master golf designer's mind. It is not a technical book, though much valuable technical information can be found in the appendices. Most of the things he talks about are based on common sense and practical experience gained over a period of thirty-five years, and they are presented in clear and easy-to-understand fashion. Fazio does not believe in shortcuts or excuses, only results, and those results can be seen in the magnificent photographs provided by the team of John and Jeannine Henebry and other fine golf photographers.
This is a book that will help any golfer better understand how to read a course and how to play it. Fazio accomplishes this by explaining the process by which he creates each hole, and the philosophy behind his designs.


Depending on your handicap, the name Tom Fazio either strikes fear in your heart or sets your blood rising to the challenge. One of the most celebrated course designers of the past three decades, Fazio has left his imprint on such showcase tracks as Kiawah Island Club, Grayhawk, Butler National, Barton Creek, Hartefeld National, and the TPC at Myrtle Beach. His beautifully illustrated Golf Course Designs opens a window onto the thinking that went into those and other courses--and understanding a designer's intentions is as powerful a weapon as any club in the bag.

Using his own designs as his laboratory, Fazio, through text and pictures, unveils the mystery of his methods and the ways in which technology has affected changes in golf course architecture through the 20th century. As difficult as Fazio's courses can play, he emphasizes that his intention isn't to punish golfers--though he has no problem with punishing bad shots--but to inspire golfers by providing a fair test of skill, whatever a player's skill level, in the most dramatic setting possible. To that end, he explains how he routes a course, where and why he sets bunkers and hazards, how he frames a hole for aesthetic appeal, how he sets greens and tees, when he leaves the landscape as he finds it, and why he brings in bulldozers to move what nature didn't provide to his liking.

"The classic tension in golf course design as I see it," he writes, "is not between risk and reward, but between playability and difficulty.... Even if a client wanted to build the toughest course around, I would argue that it should be fair." A golfer who can learn to use each hole's inherent fairness to advantage is a golfer who can post better scores. And, in the end, that's the most important secret Fazio's attractive volume reveals. --Jeff Silverman

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