Wide Open Fairways: A Journey across the Landscapes of Modern Golf

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In golf the playing field is also landscape, where nature and the shaping of it conspire to test athletic prowess. As golf courses move away from the “big business, pristine lawn” approach of recent times, Bradley S. Klein, a leading expert on golf course design and economics, finds much to contemplate, and much to report, in the way these wide-open spaces function as landscapes that inspire us, stimulate our senses, and reveal the special ...

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Overview

In golf the playing field is also landscape, where nature and the shaping of it conspire to test athletic prowess. As golf courses move away from the “big business, pristine lawn” approach of recent times, Bradley S. Klein, a leading expert on golf course design and economics, finds much to contemplate, and much to report, in the way these wide-open spaces function as landscapes that inspire us, stimulate our senses, and reveal the special nature of particular places.
 
A meditation on what makes golf courses compelling landscapes, this is also a personal memoir that follows Klein’s own unique journey across the golfing terrain, from the Bronx and Long Island suburbia to the American prairie and the Pacific Northwest. Whether discussing Robert Moses and Donald Trump and the making of New York City, or the role of golf in the development of the atomic bomb, or the relevance of Willa Cather to how the game has taken hold in the Nebraska Sandhills, Klein is always looking for the freedom and the meaning of golf’s wide-open spaces. And as he searches, he offers a deeply informed and absorbing view of golf courses as cultural markers, linking the game to larger issues of land use, ecology, design, and imagination.

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Editorial Reviews

Extra Golf

"A must read for anyone interested in American golf course architecture and golf courses."—Extra Golf
Ben Crenshaw

“Bradley Klein takes us on a voyage across North America with his educative eye . . . descriptively and movingly. Of course I enjoy his words about the many golf courses, but this book also says much about the land that our country was blessed with—and how it was treated.”—Ben Crenshaw, professional golfer, member of World Golf Hall of Fame, golf course architect

Jeffrey Toobin

“Bradley Klein’s book is a magical combination of memoir, history, science (natural and social), and, of course, golf. It’s illuminating both for golfers and for anyone who cares about the planet where it’s played.”—Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine and The Oath
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803240377
  • Publisher: UNP - Nebraska
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 816,520
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Bradley S. Klein is architecture editor of Golfweek magazine and runs its national golf course rating system. He is a former PGA Tour caddie and has been inducted into the International Caddie Hall of Fame. He lectures widely to professional trade groups throughout the United States and overseas on topics of golf design, the golf development industry, and golf course operations and maintenance. Klein is the author of the definitive Discovering Donald Ross: The Architect and His Golf Courses and most recently Rough Meditations: From Tour Caddie to Golf Course Critic, An Insider’s Look at the Game. He was named 2015 Donald Ross Award winner by the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    What a great book - I loved Brad's stories about his childhood a

    What a great book - I loved Brad's stories about his childhood as a caddie and how he fell in the love with the game of golf. I was intrigued with the building of Old MacDonald and now the building of Ferry Point Park. Brad takes us from Nebraska Sand Hills to Old MacDonald in Bandon and back to Trump with Ferry Point Park. Each place he has been is a fascinating story in itself. What a great book and looking forward to reading his next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Another thoughtful essay from our good doctor. I was surprised

    Another thoughtful essay from our good doctor. I was surprised and a little touched by his candid descriptions of a rather dysfunctional family and youth. Don't expect a lot of golf in this book - it's more about Klein searching for a release to growing up in the densely urban environment. Good insight in Old Mac and the inner workings of the team. Also pretty good insight on the preparation details for his Windonbury Hills. I loved his wish to name the place Bloomfield Links - a name that had little to do with golf and much more linking a community. The last 10 pages where he summarized some important maxims on architecture and restorations are a must read.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Excellent journey and historical perspective by Bradley Klein describing the personal genesis of his love for these special places and how they evolved in their unique locations and environments. A must-read for golf architecture fans, a particular highlight are the exchange of ideas among the team assembled to create Old MacDonald.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    There is a new triumvirate in golf - Bernard Darwin, Herbert War

    There is a new triumvirate in golf - Bernard Darwin, Herbert Warren Wind, and Bradley S. Klein. Written from the heart, Wide Open Fairways speaks to the soul of golf, the grounds upon which its playing fields are crafted. Dr. Klein transports the reader on a cross country journey from his roots in the urban milieu of New York City, through America's prairies, deserts, plains, Pacific Northwest, and back home again to New York City and New England. Written through the lens of "sense of place", Wide Open Fairways provides the reader behind the scenes insights into the evolution of the golf course. Golfers from any walk of life will be touched by this personal journey and can find their "sense of place" as well as a peaceful home on the golf course. If I could choose my dream threesome to join me for a round of golf, it would be Darwin, Wind, and Klein. Golf doesn't get any better. 

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