The Making of Pacific Dunes by Tom Doak. Renaissance Golf Publishing, LLC. 2021
Hardcover book and dust jacket both in brand new condition. 182 pages.
From the day he first set foot on the property, Tom Doak knew that the second course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort was the project he had spent twenty years training for. In The Making of Pacific Dunes, Doak shares his experience in building the course from that first day, explaining how he found each hole and put the routing together, and what his crew did and didn't do to build this 'distractingly beautiful and unfailingly challenging golf course'. Doak's own journal entries, sketches of greens, and memos from his client, Mike Keiser, are combined with stunning photography [before and after] to supplement his recollections of how the course was built, and what it's meant in the twenty years since it opened. If you have played Pacific Dunes - this book will enhance your memories of it. If you are going to play Pacific Dunes, you need this book to heighten your awareness and insight of how to play it.
The first half of the book looks at the big picture design issues: the decisions on routing, construction, challenges, and so forth, and the second half of the book dedicates 5-6 pages to each hole (with a copious amount of color photographs) and specifically focuses on their design and construction.