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Golf By Design Hardcover – 21 Jul 1994

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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown US (21 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316472980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316472982
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.5 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Most golfers look at their courses with a mixture of pleasure and nervous anticipation. GOLF BY DESIGN "will help you to see the course in a new, more confident way and will enhance your appreciation of both its natural and designed elements...Better yet, it will improve your game."

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For the first time in paperbck - the book in which America's pre-eminent golf course designer reveals his secrets to playing better, smarter golf. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Robert Trent Jones has created an instructional book on golf with a twist. Not once does he mention swing keys or thoughts, never does he discuss the flight of the golf ball or the strike, rather he tries to help golfers lower their scores by educating them as to the way a designer thinks when he is creating a hole. He identifies the different types of hazard used by the architect and explains the placement of each hazard in order to make the hole play in a certain fashion. He explains the manner in which the designer uses various optical illusions to fool the golfer into thinking things are more complex than they truly are. All in all this product explains how the truly great course designers try to control the thoughts of the player on each hole, and how the player can break out of the architect's control and play each hole to their strengths. In addition to this it contains anecdotes too numerous to mention and photographs and sketches of both the concept and finished article of some of Trent Jones most impressive courses. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A great book for all skill levels! 11 Feb. 1999
By Andy Grosso ( - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Golf By Design is a breath of fresh air compared to many other golf books that are being sold today. What better way could you learn about how to play a course than from one of the world's greatest designers?
From the different types of climates, grasses, bunkers and terrain, Jones gives excellent examples of what goes through a designer's mind while creating a course. By using some of the world's most beautiful and challenging holes, he suggests the diffeent strategies that can be applied while playing to allow golfers of all levels to lower their scores.
Whether you are a scratch golfer or a hacker, Golf By Design will definitely help you in this most challenging of games.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good for both golfers and prospective designers. 12 July 1998
By Peter Haas ( - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a well-written and interesting look at the strategic/penal aspects of the golf course. Robert Trent Jones has certainly designed some of the world's best courses, and is qualified on the subject. This book is a very comprehensive discussion of what goes through a designer's mind when creating the golf course. However, it is probably most useful for the avid golfer who wishes to better understand the design of the courses that she/he plays for course management purposes. Playing golf holes with an understanding of what the designer had in mind should make anyone a better player. When studied carefully, this book can perhaps help a golfer more than most of the instructional books available today.
If you are more interested in design books which are not really meant for playing purposes, I recommend "The Anatomy of a Golf Course," by Tom Doak, as well as "Masters of the Links," edited by Geoff Shackelford.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
How to play a hole taking clues from the Course Architect 2 Feb. 2001
By rodboomboom - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found this book playing a beautiful local Robt. Trent Jones, Jr. course that's in this book, The Orchards. He shows you the clues the designer has placed their to steer you to a respectable round.
From the tee box to the fairway routing and bunker construction, to the style of course, i.e. links, prairie, desert, etc., this master architect using examples of his existing designs shows the risks and rewards of different strategies.
I found that not only did this help me to play Robt. Trent Jones, Jr. courses, but other good architects layouts as well.
Well worth the investment!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Improved my strategy. Lowered my score. 20 May 1998
By William Uemura - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'm a new golfer. Mr. Jones' book has already helped me enjoy the game so much more by playing so much smarter.
The discourse he provides about strategic, penal, and heroic golf hole styles provides an excellent mental framework for choosing a tactic for playing a hole. It helps organize the details Mr. Jones covers about tees, fairways, hazards, greens, optical illusions, and the architect's other "weapons" to foil your attack on the hole.
For me, the test of a good author is making concepts that truly are not obvious seem very simple after you've read the book. When I hit the golf course after reading Mr. Jones' book, I must have said "Of course! Just like he said!" eighteen times. It was a real pleasure to come away from a book with an entirely new perspective on something I already enjoyed.
I feel like I've already dropped three to five strokes per round by simply not getting "fooled" into traps laid by his father at my home course (Hampton Cove, Huntsville, AL).
I recommend this book for the avid golfer. It will change the way you look at shot selection. It will lower your score, even if you already have a good swing, by helping you play smarter than you thought possible. You might say it gives you an "unfair" advantage.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good for beginners and Experts 11 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
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I play many different public courses and often times have trouble reading new courses, resulting in several shots wasted until I become familiar with the course.
I found Golf by Design to be really helpful in giving me the insight to read a course right off the bat and often saving me the wasted shots. It has also helped me appreciate the design and layout of the course that much more.
I would also recommend it to beginners as a great introduction into 'course management'
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