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4.0 out of 5 stars This is the real stuff., 16 Dec. 1997
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This review is from: The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses (Hardcover)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that I browse and read over and over..., 2 Dec. 1997
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This review is from: The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses (Hardcover)
Tom Doak is smart, and has NO respect for overrated courses. (Some people and posh clubs will be offended) His style is sharp, straightforward, but very true. My only remark: why doesn't this man have 9 lives to play ALL the golf courses of the world? That way, he might not have to apologize for not having played some of the worlds best, but lesser known golf coures (Royal Zoute for instance).
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4.0 out of 5 stars An architect who reviews golf courses with zest., 11 July 1997
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This review is from: The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses (Hardcover)
Tom Doak is an architect who reviews golf courses honestly. He is often critical of others,revealing weaknesses and flaws that ordinary golfers might not observe. A number of hidden gems are discovered and his gourmets choices are not your usual top 30 golf courses. You may not agree with all of his comments but he seems to be fair and not swayed by large budget golf courses and hype.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to great courses, 27 Dec. 1997
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This review is from: The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses (Hardcover)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it more and more., 14 July 1999
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This review is from: The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses (Hardcover)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The most enjoyable golf book on the market., 22 July 1997
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I have read numerous golf books--fictional accounts of magic links along with just about every instructional book on the market--and this book tops them all. Tom Doak gives an honest appraisal of nearly every golf course that he has ever played or visited. No more gushing praise of Augusta National (although he ranks it very highly). Rather, he provides insight into what truly makes a golf course unique. I enjoyed reading it cover-to-cover and it even helped my game a bit.
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The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses by T. Doak (Hardcover - 8 Aug. 1996)
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