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The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses (Anglais) Relié – 8 août 1996

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HASH(0x8dcfdeb8) étoiles sur 5 An Intelligent (and Irreverent) Examination of Golf Courses 27 juillet 2001
Par Gary Popovich - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
There will be plenty of readers who will disagree or even take offense at some of Tom Doak's course ratings and observations (for example, he does NOT give Augusta National a perfect score of 10), but that's all the more reason to peruse this wonderful guide.
There are essentially three sections to this book. In the first part, Doak serves up his "Gourmet's Choice," which includes the best work from golf's best architects - Ross's Pinehurst No. 2, Perry Maxwell's Prarie Dunes, C.B. MacDonald's National Golf Links, and nature's own St.Andrew's (Doak, being a course designer of note himself, includes his own High Pointe in this section).
The second part is a regional/world wide breakdown of courses that Doak has either played or visited. What becomes apparent in this section is that 1) Doak favors courses that are both challenging to the expert player and playable for the average guy, 2) he's not above critical observation of his peers, and 3) has an affection for older courses that employed a minimalist approach (i.e.; limited land-moving, no waste areas, etc.).
Finally, "The Gazeteer" offers a number of quirky, humorous lists of hazzards, best and worst holes, courses to be avoided at all costs, and courses that one's spouse would enjoy.
Again, some may accuse Doak of arrogance and self-promotion, but there is no denying the love he displays for his craft, or the passion of his convictions. As with most books dealing with golf architecture, this one contains a lot of great photography. Plus it's interesting to note that Doak has been hired on as a consultant to do restorations on a number of courses that he panned in this book, including two Seth Raynor designs (Blue Mound, in Milwaukee WI, and Yeomans Hall, in the Charleston, SC area) that had been either "over beautified" or neglected through the years.
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HASH(0x8dcfdf0c) étoiles sur 5 I like it more and more. 14 juillet 1999
Par stmartin@charlotte.com - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I sent a note about this book two years ago and I'm sending another because I like it more and more. I've taken some golf trips recently and have used the Confidential Guide to point me in the right direction. Through this book, I've "discovered" some superb courses that I would not have found. And, to boot, said courses are quite often completely unhyped, friendly and unsnobby. If you get the chance to travel quite a bit and you like to find those hidden gems, then this is a great place to start.
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HASH(0x8dd00360) étoiles sur 5 Great guide to great courses 27 décembre 1997
Par dpoe@edgardunn.co.uk - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This guide helps the serious golf enthusiast select courses to play that are not necessarily the most "famous". I have played most of his recommended courses in the UK and I find his assessment very accurate.
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HASH(0x8dd0072c) étoiles sur 5 This is the real stuff. 16 décembre 1997
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
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You have to love Tom Doak for his honesty. He's not afraid to take aim at the big names in the business and tell us what he really thinks about the hundreds of golf courses he's played. I'm told the original version is much more scathing and I wish he'd published that version. It would have made the book even better. While the book is expensively produced, many of Doak's photos are too dark: perhaps there was something wrong with the production of my copy. For afficionados of golf course architecture, this book is a must-have, even though it will dent your golf budget.
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HASH(0x8dd004bc) étoiles sur 5 A must for the afficianado 8 janvier 2002
Par philip gawith - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Tom Doak's book is a total delight. it is a shame it is not better known as any golf connoisseur would cherish its judgements and insights. i have played only a small fraction of the courses he reviews - in the UK and South Africa - but i would generally support his judgements. He is spot on about Dornoch which is a magnificent golf course, and still not that well known. He is too kind to Ballybunnion No 2 which i recollect as a course verging on the laughable - admittedly in tough conditions. it is a shame that he has not played some of the fine courses in spain and portgual - sounds like he needs a collaborator to expand the coverage and get out a second edition! the book is most welcome for its judgements - as he rightly points out, most descriptions of golf courses are just puffery which don't really help the unitiated know whether to play them or not. you also feel that he is unlocking a treasure chest - that a whole lifetime of excitement lies ahead just getting to a fraction of the fine courses he mentions. i agree with the correspondent who says the pictures are too dark. in my edition there is another rather embarrassing error - the text for Durban country club is repeated in total for garden city - perhaps this will make it a valuable collectors item. these are but small quibbles - what would really make my day would be to hear that a second updated edition is in the pipeline, though one would not want a book of this nature to come out too often. well done mr doak!
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