Golf Architecture books – My recommendations

If you visit Amazon and search Golf Architecture / Golf Design and /or Golf Courses you will soon realise that there is just about an infinite amount of material available on these subjects. This was not the case 100 years ago but today any budding golf architect (or person interested in golf architecture) can learn about the subject.

I am sometimes asked what books I would recommend and I thought it would be a good exercise listing some of my favorite books.


Easy Reading:

  • Tommy’s Honor – The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf’s Founding Father and Son  – by Kevin Cook
  • A Difficult Par – The story of Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf – by James R Hansen
  • Bury me in a pot Bunker – Golf Through the Eyes of the Game’s Most Challenging Course Designer by Pete Dye

The Classics

  • The Spirit of St Andrews – Alister Mackenzie
  • The Links – Robert Hunter
  • The Architectural Side of Golf – Tom Simpson and N.H Wethered
  • Golf Architecture in America – George Thomas
  • The Anatomy of a Golf Course – Tom Doak
  • Master of the Links – Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    – Geoff Shackelford
  • Golf Architecture I & II ( A compilation of essays)– Fred Hawtree
  • The Course Beautiful – Albert Tillinghast

The Technical

  • Golf Course Architecture and Maintenance – Dr Michael Hurdzan
  • Golf Course Routing – Forrest Richardson
  • The Golf Course – Graves and Cornish#
  • Turf Management for Golf Courses – James Beard

Coffee Table Books

  • Golf Courses of the World – Robert Sidorsky
  • Golf Courses – Fairways of the World – David Cannon
  • Planet Golf – The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses Outside the United States of America – Darius Oliver
  • Planet Golf USA – The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses in America – Darius Oliver


  • Golf Architecture Series I -VI- Paul Daley
  • The Architects of Golf – Cornish & Whitten
  • The Golf Course – Cornish & Whitten
  • The World Atlas of Golf
  • The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses – Tom Doak


Of course there are many more book to choose from but these are some of my favorites and ones I reference the most.

Happy reading.

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