A master-class on how to route a golf course. Printed in a limited edition of 1,500. This book is different than Doak's other works: The Confidential Guide series are essentially travel guides and critiques. His Little Red Book contains snippets of wisdom and outlines his design philosophy. Getting to 18 is a master class in how to route a golf course. It begins with the basics and gives the reader a guide on how to read a topographic map and then gets into a primer on routing.
The title is a double entendre referencing the fact that you have to find eighteen holes when you route a golf course, and because the book features eighteen courses that Tom and his team designed. The book uses a case study format, ie, rather than simply being about one particular course, Tom also drills down into a finer point of routing and architecture and uses the routing decisions to amplify a specific subject. For example, the chapter on Beachtree is titled 'Winding Around Wetlands,' and the one the Rawls Course chapter is titled 'Accounting for Wind.'
The book also includes a bonus chapter on the Sheep Ranch at Bandon and another on 'Dead Projects,' which are those that never came to fruition, including work at Erin Hills and Kidnappers Farm in Tasmania. A very large and heavy book, measuring 18 inches long by 12 inches wide. We specialize in golf books. Signed by Tom Doak.
Renaissance Golf Design, Michigan, 2020. Hardcover. 212 pages.
Condition: Good. Some minor wear to the front boards (a bump, lower right), also impacting the first third of the pages, bottom right; they are dog eared.