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Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects

12.18am 1st June 2011 - Media - This story was updated on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The tales about and stories behind some of the world’s finest and most memorable golf courses are available in one place from the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA).

The new book, Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects, includes Bill Coore, ASGCA confronted by naked, blowgun-wielding tribesmen in Indonesia and Pete Dye, ASGCA Fellow who was not hired to build the second nine at the first course he ever designed.

Also, more than one ASGCA member has been threatened with arrest without cause in a foreign country, all while innocently designing golf courses.

Stories like these are only part of the harrowing, moving, challenging and inspirational experiences of golf course architects published in the Secrets book. This 244-page, hard cover, full-colour coffee table book – co-authored by Michael Patrick Shiels – is available at

“ASGCA members all have stories about their adventures in golf course architecture,” says ASGCA President Rick Phelps. “Inevitably, people who hear these stories will say, ‘You should write a book!’ So, we did. This fascinating mix of heartfelt confessions and intriguing tall tales from ASGCA members casually reveals the creative process, the travel challenges, the dicey situations and the incredible satisfaction which makes up the life of a golf course architect.”

The book, available for $20 – including shipping – within the United States, includes more than 150 color photographs and golf course renderings accompanying the stories.

Ordering information is located on the Publications page of






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