One of the Christmas letters we most enjoy receiving is the one from Renaissance Golf Design, Tom Doak’s company. Despite the drop in new construction starts, Doak has golf projects underway in China (that's it, above), New Zealand, France, and the U.S. He and his crew are also doing reconstruction work at several American classics, including Baltusrol (Upper and Lower), Medinah (#1 course), Somerset Hills, and Waialae. But the big news in this year’s epistle is Doak’s revelation that The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses—his incendiary, no-holds-barred review of courses published in 1996—is being updated and expanded with the help of co-authors Ran Morrissett, founder of Golf Club Atlas; Masa Nishijima, a golf architecture correspondent based in Japan; and Darius Oliver, Australian author of the Planet Golf books. “After three trips to visit more courses in Ireland, Scotland, and England in 2013, I’m now putting the finishing touches on volume 1, covering 290 courses in Great Britain and Ireland,” Doak stated. He might have mellowed a bit over the years, but the highly opinionated designer is incapable of anything but pithy, spot-on assessments of his colleagues’ work, both current and vintage. Stay tuned.