Darius Oliver’s first foray into book publishing was Australia’s Finest Golf Courses, published by New Holland and released in 2001. Next came his ambitious global project, Planet Golf, which was compiled with renowned photographer David Scaletti. Planet Golf is a breathtaking guide to great golf courses outside the United States of America, and was described by Greg Norman as 'the finest, and most comprehensive, directory on golf courses I've ever seen.' Covering both history and design, Oliver's reviews are accompanied by magnificent images and occasional commentary from leading course designers.
His latest publishing endeavour is Planet Golf USA, released in late 2009 as a follow-up to Planet Golf and featuring reviews of every single Top 100 ranked course in the United States, according to Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine, including Augusta National, Cypress Point, Pine Valley, Shinnecock Hills, Pebble Beach, Whistling Straits, Oakmont, National Golf Links of America, Winged Foot, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Dunes, Oakland Hills, Medinah and many more. Also features a foreword by golfing great Ben Crenshaw, as well as a detailed ratings section that outlines the best, hardest, and most dramatic golf courses and golf holes in the country, and a unique Planet Golf World 100 ranking that selects the 100 finest courses on the planet. Planet Golf USA was named the #1 golf book in 2009 by GOLF Magazine.
Planet Golf USA named #1 Golf Book in 2009 by GOLF Magazine
A companion to the hugely successful Planet Golf, which Golf Magazine called “absolutely superb, a stunning achievement," this gorgeous book features photographs and detailed reviews of more than 140 of America's finest golf courses, making it the most comprehensive directory ever published on the nation's outstanding layouts.
"PLANET GOLF USA works perfectly on every level. One of golf design's most astute critics, Australian Darius Oliver, has carved out a superb sequel to his original compendium of the world's best courses. What separates-and elevates-this book from other coffee table tomes is the author's insights and candor. Oliver doesn't pull punches, even tweaking the Top 100s where he sees fit, including our own at GOLF Magazine. Agree or disagree, you'll find yourself totally engaged."
Joe Passov, GOLF Magazine