"Sand and Golf," George Waters

If you were to compile a list of the next generation of golf architects—those who might take the leading role on great golf projects in the decades to come—the name of George Waters would be near the top. The San Francisco-based author has cut his teeth as a shaper under Tom Doak (Barnbougle Dunes, Sebonack) and Coore & Crenshaw (Pinehurst No. 2), among others—now, with this handsome hardcover volume, he has something of a calling card. The title, Sand and Golf, should give one a sense of the contents—it's a celebration of links, heathland and other sandy layouts around the world. Using his own (excellent) photographs to illustrate his points, Waters explains the enduring appeal of golf on sandy terrain through a variety of lenses, from strategy to agronomy. Why do these courses, from Royal Dornoch to Royal Melbourne, simply work so well? "Too many golf courses focus on separating a good shot from a bad one," Waters writes. "The real goal should be to separate a good shot from a great one, while allowing the bad shots to eventually find their way home."


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