As with Planet Golf and Planet Golf USA, Oliver’s new volume focuses on the architecture of great golf with reviews accompanied by superb images from the game’s finest photographers. There are courses from more than 20 countries featured, starting in the United States with the Sand Hills Golf Club in Nebraska, which kick-started a modern golf renaissance and led to this second “Golden Age” of golf course architecture.
Feature courses include – Cape Wickham, Ocean Dunes and the Barnbougle courses from Australia, Tara Iti, Cape Kidnappers and Jack’s Point from New Zealand, Cabot Cliffs in Canada, Ardfin and Trump International from Scotland, as well as, Lofoten Links (Norway), Shanqin Bay (China), South Cape Owners Club (Korea), Bluffs Ho Tram Strip (Vietnam), Yas Links (UAE) and many others.
Within the USA chapter are reviews of the five courses at the Bandon Dunes Resort, the Red and Blue Courses at Streamsong, Friar’s Head, Sand Valley, Wolf Point, Gamble Sands, Dismal River and a first-up look at the Tiger Woods design of Bluejack National.
Planet Golf Modern Masterpieces is being distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Thames & Hudson and will be available at all good book stores prior to Father’s Day.
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About the Author
Author of the highly acclaimed Planet Golf and Planet Golf USA books, Darius Oliver is a respected writer, rater, and international golf course commentator. In Planet Golf Modern Masterpieces Oliver contends that never before have so many spectacular golf courses been created in such a short space of time. The author should know, as he has studied more than 1,500 of the finest golf courses on the planet – including each of the world’s Top 100. His travels for golf have taken him to nearly 50 countries worldwide.
Beyond writing and publishing books on the game of golf, Oliver also consults on golf course architecture and in 2015 co-designed the stunning Cape Wickham Links on King Island in Tasmania. His clients include new developers as well as existing golf clubs looking at restoration, renovation or redesign.
About the Book
A comprehensive guide to the world’s greatest modern golf courses, Planet Golf Modern Masterpieces takes golfers on a breathtaking tour through more than 100 of the most glorious courses in the game.
As with the old classics from the 1920s and 30s, this current “Golden Age of Golf Course Design” has produced magnificent layouts across all corners of the globe. From Cape Wickham and Barnbougle Dunes in Australia to Tara Iti, Cape Kidnappers and Jack’s Point in New Zealand, Cabot Cliffs in Canada, Ardfin, Kingsbarns, Castle Stuart and Trump Scotland in the British Isles, and a number of beautiful new courses throughout the United States, Europe, China and Asia, this book details the finest golf developed in the modern era and features both insightful course reviews and superb golf photography.
Responsible for a number of acclaimed courses reviewed within these pages, master golf developer Mike Keiser contributes the foreword, and provides an insight into the mindset of those seeking to create great golf.
Focusing both on the history and architecture of the golf course, Darius Oliver’s well-informed reviews are accompanied by breathtaking images from the world’s leading golf photographers. In this volume, Oliver again provides readers with a detailed ratings section that outlines the best, hardest and most spectacular golf courses and golf holes of the Modern Age.
Featuring courses from more than 20 countries, and exciting first reviews of gems like Cape Wickham, Tara Iti, Ardfin, Lofoten Links, Cabot Cliffs and Sand Valley, Planet Golf Modern Masterpieces is essential reading for any active or armchair golfer and a superbly illustrated addition to any serious golf library.