The 500 World's Greatest Golf Holes


There are five hundred thousand golf holes in the world, Here are the five hundred most beautiful, difficult, exotic, thrilling, and notorious:

The best golf holes from forty different countries and territories, including the United States, Canada, South America, Great Britain, Ireland, Continental Europe, Africa, Australia, and Japan

The fairways and greens, bunkers and hazards, that have thwarted Tiger Woods...

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There are five hundred thousand golf holes in the world, Here are the five hundred most beautiful, difficult, exotic, thrilling, and notorious:

The best golf holes from forty different countries and territories, including the United States, Canada, South America, Great Britain, Ireland, Continental Europe, Africa, Australia, and Japan

The fairways and greens, bunkers and hazards, that have thwarted Tiger Woods and David Duval, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino, Ben Hogan and Bobby Jones - and those they have conquered

Anecdote and history, strategy and geography, illustrated with more than eight hundred full-color photographs and breathtaking hand - painted topographic renderings

FLAP COPY: What makes a great golf hole? For starters, you look at strategy and difficulty. Next, the kind of hole that gives an average player a chance but allows an exceptional, thinking player an opportunity for a sub-par score. Then, the ability of a hole to play with the golfer's head-along with the hole to play with the golfer's head-along with the hole's physical attributes like hazards, pitch of the fairway, and green speed. Finally, the beauty of the whole itself, the ingenuity of its design, and its reputation among those who have played it.

The 500 World's Greatest Golf Holes, a compulsively comprehensive book by George Peper and the editors of Golf Magazine, is an invitation to visit - and perhaps replay - five hundred great golf holes, those that most inspire, challenge, and excite golfers worldwide.

To decide just which holes to include in this book, Golf Magazine's editors teamed up with an international panel representing other publications across the globe, from the Buenos Aires Times in South America to Svensk Golf in Scandinavia, The Compleat Golfer in South Africa to Asian Golfer in the Far East.

The result is 125 par 3s, 250 par 4s, and 125 par 5s of golf greatness - holes at such revered courses as Augusta National and Pebble Beach, St. Andrews and Turnberry, and at lesser-known spots like Prairie Dunes in Kansas and Yarra Yarra in Australia.

Arranged alphabetically by par in three sections titled The Eighteen, The One Hundred, and The Five Hundred, the book includes more than eight hundred full-colored photographs, anecdotal and strategic description of each hole, and hand painted topographical renderings of the first eighteen. A final, surprising chapter highlights holes that share special features: the most punishing holes that share special features: the most punishing holes, most scenic, best by the great course designers, hardest courses to get on to and those with the most public access, best with bunkers or hardest to putt, the holes that have produced great moments in golf history, etc.

Whether you are looking for a golf hole in particular or are just particular about great golf holes, this all-embracing book offers hours of pleasure. If you want to play the world's great holes, here's where to go and what to expect. If you're interested in the lore of the hole, its championship history, the personal triumphs and defeats of its challengers you'll find much to excite you. Whatever your level, here's your chance to tee up at the world's best holes - Without ever leaving home.

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Editorial Reviews

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The ultimate dream getaway for every golfer, The 500 World's Greatest Golf Holes features more than 800 stunning, full-color photographs (and 400 hefty pages), all celebrating the best holes the world over. In glorious detail -- through captivating images and evocative essays - the finest holes from around the globe are dramatically presented.
This huge effort by the greatest golf minds in the world is perhaps the definitive guide to the sport.
The ideal gift for passionate golfers and armchair duffers alike.
The ideal gift for passionate golfers and armchair duffers alike.
Publishers Weekly
While books dedicated to the world's best golf courses abound, this sleek volume narrows the focus down to individual golf holes. Five members of the Golf Magazine staff (Peper, James A. Frank, Brian McCallen, Greg Midland and Gary Galyean) have compiled more than 800 striking photos of the golf holes to illustrate their choices, and for each hole they list course, location, architect, length and par. The first 100 holes get the fullest coverage, with two-page spreads: not surprisingly, in the U.S., warm-weather states such as California and Florida tend to dominate the picks, as do courses in New York; abroad, the British Isles stand out, but Spain offers a nice selection of top-notch holes. Heading up the list is hole number four at Banff Springs Golf Course in Alberta, Canada, with its "small, bowl-shaped green, ringed by six bunkers of varying depth and shape, [which] is set on an oval terrace enclosed by spruce and fir." This volume makes for a wonderful wish book for worldly, itinerant golfers. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579651626
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Golf Magazine, the preeminent publication in its field, has a circulation of l.4 million and an estimated monthly readership of 5 million. Its editors—along with those at affilated publications in Europe, South Africa, the Far East, and elsewhere—determined the criteria for and selection of the holes honored in The 500 World's Greatest Golf Holes.

George Peper, who was editor-in-chief of Golf Magazine for 25 years, has written, co-written, or edited 17 books, including Artisan’s 500 World’s Greatest Golf Holes and Greg Norman’s Shark Attack. George divides his time between Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and St. Andrews, Scotland.

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Table of Contents

TOC: Chapter 1: Getting to Know Butterflies (1)

In Love with Butterflies - Caterpillar and Butterfly Anatomy - Water on the Wings and Other Common Myths Debunked - Long-Distance Travelers - Skippers - Butterflies in Danger - Creating a Butterfly Habitat

Chapter 2: Inviting Butterflies into Your Garden (15)

Facets of Your Garden - Favorite Nectar and Host Plants - Beyond Flowers - The Best Regional

Backyard Butterfly Plants Landscaping for Butterflies - Container Gardening - A Shady Situation

Your Own Butterfly Box - Make Your Own Butterfly Net

Chapter 3: Taking a Butterfly under you Wing (43)

Bring Up Butterfly Eggs - Raising Caterpillars - Make a Caterpillar-Rearing Container - Build a Hanging Butterfly Cage - Learn to Hand-Feed Butterflies - The Mating Game - The Magical

Emergence of a Monarch - Butterfly Life Stages - To Free or Not to Free

Chapter 4: Starting Your Own Butterfly Farm (65)

Raising A Quantity of Caterpillars - Containers and Cages - Making Caterpillar Cages - Tending the Chrysalis - Quirks and Peculiarities - Butterfly Atria - Marketing Butterflies - Releasing Your Butterflies - First Aid for Butterflies

Chapter 5: The Most Common Backyard Butterflies (89)

Learning to See - What's in a Name? - Swallowtails and Parnassians - Brush-footed Butterflies -

Gossamer Wings - Sulphurs - Whites - True Skippers - Neotropicals - Oddities

Chapter 6: Taking the Plunge! (145)

Share the Joy - Collecting Farther Afield - Look before You Lep - A Butterfly in Winter -

Photography Tips and Tricks

Appendixes (156) Hardiness Zones for Common Host Plants - Make A Butterfly Envelope - Development Time for Selected Butterfly Species - USDA Permit to Transport Butterflies across State Lines - Butterfly Web Sites

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    Winter Dreams of Summer Drives and Approaches

    This book is one of the most complete looks at top golf holes around the world that most golfers can hope to have. Since most of us cannot be scratch golfers, play on the pro tour, or get access to the world's most exclusive clubs, one of the top joys of being a golfer is playing on any great hole. The next best thing is to imagine or to remember playing such a hole. For 100 of 500 top holes, this book will help provide this indirect enjoyment by putting you visually on either the tee and the green of many outstanding holes with a decent-sized color photograph. For 18 of 500 top holes, you are able to do both. If you live in the parts of the world where golf is not available all year around, this book can also keep the spark alive (when you are not watching the Golf Channel). The book contains four main sections. The first looks at 18 great holes (par 72). In this section, you see the view from the tee and from the green, plus enjoy a drawing of the hole's topography and layout. An excellent essay describes the hole to flesh out the photographs. The second section examines 100 holes (25 par 3s, 50 par 4s, and 25 par 5s). Each hole contains a one page photograph and a one page essay. I was disappointed that some of the holes did not have the best photographic angle available. I suspect that the editors relied on whatever photograph worked best in this layout, rather than the photograph that best represented the hole. I graded the book down one star for this weakness. The third section is like a catalog, for it contains four holes per page with a tiny picture and a brief paragraph. I'm not sure what else could have been done, but perhaps it would have been better to feature fewer holes and done more with each one. The fourth section was my favorite, because it had lots of 'bests' lists. These included the most difficult, heroic, penal, longest, mountain, water, hard to putt, and scenic. I especially liked the ranking of best holes by designer, those holes that are easiest to play on for the average person, and the ones that are hardest to get on to play. The editors have a pretty reasonable view of what they have accomplished here. 'Is our World's Greatest list definitive? We doubt it.' 'Is it controversial? We hope so.' 'Is it defensible? You bet it is. Have a look.' Anyone who sees the book will have quibbles. The jacket cover has the 7th hole at Pebble Beach on it. Now that is a very scenic hole (and is the signature of Pebble Beach). The hole is very tough in a high wind. But on a calm day, it is one of the easiest holes in the world. I certainly wouldn't have put it on the jacket cover. The 18th at Pebble Beach would have been a better choice if you wanted to do one hole from that course. The process used was pretty exhaustive, but hardly definitive. For the United States, readers of Golf Magazine and its web site could make nominations. Editors of top publications around the world proposed the other holes. In the end 40 countries and territories are represented. The U.S. does seem overrepresented though. A lot of the holes are in here just because they are long. That's not so

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