The tests a golfer faces on the course are the direct result of the challenges originally faced by the golf course architect, whether they’re complicated terrain, forces of nature, budget limitations, demanding developers, or the difficult task of balancing the practical scientific needs of a golf course with the architect’s creative instincts.
Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects offers readers behind-the-scenes tales from America’s master architects themselves in their own words. Elite designers such as Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Rees Jones, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Arthur Hills, Arnold Palmer, and others share their personal anecdotes related to the creation of some of the world’s most famous courses: from run-ins with snakes to bulldozers sinking in quicksand, to holes created by accident, such as the famed island green seventeenth at the TPC at Sawgrass.
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Michael Patrick Shiels is the author of several books, including Golf’s Short Game for Dummies and Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects. Shiels is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and was an advance volunteer for George H. W. Bush’s two presidential campaigns. He serves on the committee for the George H. W. Bush Celebrity Golf fundraiser in Kennebunkport. Shiels resides in Michigan, where he hosts an award-winning syndicated morning radio program.