True Links

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The most challenging, most invigorating holes a golfer can tackle. Playing on a links—which is golf the way it should be played—is every golfer’s dream. But among serious golfers, there is also controversy. What constitutes a true links course? How many of the world’s 30,000 golf courses are links? Which country has the most? Is it possible to build one today? In this beautiful book, George Peper and Malcolm Campbell, two writers who know golf inside and out, answer these questions and provide a concise and ...

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Overview

The most challenging, most invigorating holes a golfer can tackle. Playing on a links—which is golf the way it should be played—is every golfer’s dream. But among serious golfers, there is also controversy. What constitutes a true links course? How many of the world’s 30,000 golf courses are links? Which country has the most? Is it possible to build one today? In this beautiful book, George Peper and Malcolm Campbell, two writers who know golf inside and out, answer these questions and provide a concise and entertaining tour of the world’s best links courses. 

After profiling St. Andrews—the links that is the birthplace of the game—and 50 other classic links in the British Isles, the authors visit the courses in other parts of the world. They also examine how links design has become hot again, thanks to a revival of British-style course architecture and the fact that they’re more eco-friendly than traditional courses. Throughout, esteemed golf photographer Iain Lowe’s gorgeous images show the world’s best 246 links in all their glory.

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What People Are Saying

James W. Finegan

“The two of them—the American who has played everywhere and the Scot who was weaned on links golf—conduct this grand guided tour. So pull up a hassock and hop aboard! It’s one thing that George Peper and Malcolm Campbell command the world of links golf, from ancient St Andrews to the newly minted Cabot Links. But they also write about their specialty with authority, insight, and passion. And when they say a course is a links, you can stake your favorite hybrid on it.”

- James W. Finegan, author of Where Golf Is Great

James W. Finegan, author of Where Golf Is Great

Tom Watson

“I love links golf. George Peper and Malcolm Campbell do too, and their passion and knowledge is reflected on every page of this book. A major achievement.”

- Tom Watson

Tom Doak

“The spirit of links golf is pure and distinct, even though the exact definition is slightly fuzzy. I am thrilled to see a book which refuses to dilute that spirit -- and to have worked on a handful of courses which make the cut.”

- Tom Doak, architect of Old Macdonald in Oregon

Tom Doak, architect of Old Macdonald in Oregon

Sir Michael Bonallack

“For those, like me who believe that links golf is the true and most enjoyable form of golf, I thoroughly recommend this magnificent account of the world’s links courses. If you have not already played them, this book will make you want to do so.”

- Sir Michael Bonallack, former chief executive of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews

Sir Michael Bonallack, former chief executive of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews

Mike Keiser

“Like life, links golf is unpredictable, beautiful, complex, and always exposed to the natural elements. True Links defines links golf with great clarity and beautiful photos that will popularize the true nature of the game.”

- Mike Keiser, owner/developer of Bandon Dunes

Raymond Floyd
“George Peper and Malcolm Campbell know links golf better than just about anyone. Reading their True Links brings back memories of playing challenging links like St Andrews and Royal Birkdale. It’s a masterpiece!”

—Raymond Floyd

Donald Trump
"True Links is truly a wonderful tribute to the grandeur of the 246 golf links courses around the world. No serious golfer should be without this book in his collection. It's already a classic."

—Donald Trump

Mike Keiser
“Like life, links golf is unpredictable, beautiful, complex, and always exposed to the natural elements. True Links defines links golf with great clarity and beautiful photos that will popularize the true nature of the game.”

—Mike Keiser, owner/developer of Bandon Dunes

Sir Michael Bonallack
“For those, like me who believe that links golf is the true and most enjoyable form of golf, I thoroughly recommend this magnificent account of the world’s links courses. If you have not already played them, this book will make you want to do so.”

—Sir Michael Bonallack, former chief executive of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews

Tom Doak
“The spirit of links golf is pure and distinct, even though the exact definition is slightly fuzzy. I am thrilled to see a book which refuses to dilute that spirit — and to have worked on a handful of courses which make the cut.”

—Tom Doak, architect of Old Macdonald in Oregon

Tom Watson
“I love links golf. George Peper and Malcolm Campbell do too, and their passion and knowledge is reflected on every page of this book. A major achievement.”

—Tom Watson

James W. Finegan
“The two of them—the American who has played everywhere and the Scot who was weaned on links golf—conduct this grand guided tour. So pull up a hassock and hop aboard! It’s one thing that George Peper and Malcolm Campbell command the world of links golf, from ancient St Andrews to the newly minted Cabot Links. But they also write about their specialty with authority, insight, and passion. And when they say a course is a links, you can stake your favorite hybrid on it.”

—James W. Finegan, author of Where Golf Is Great

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579653958
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 441,911
  • Product dimensions: 11.58 (w) x 11.54 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Campbell, a member of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, is the author of Encyclopedia of Golf and Ultimate Golf Techniques. He has contributed to many other periodicals, including Golf Magazine, Links Golf, and T&L Golf. A 6-handicap, Malcolm lives in Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland.

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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