Paul and B. J. Dunn are avid golfers and have played most of the courses described in this book. They live in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Great Donald Ross Golf Courses You Can Playby Paul Dunn, B. J. Dunn
Donald Ross is one of the greatest golf course designers of all time. He was responsible for the creation of hundreds of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the world. In Great Donald Ross Golf Courses You Can Play, Paul and B. J. Dunn have collected scorecards, course descriptions, histories, addresses and directions to courses for over one hundred
Donald Ross is one of the greatest golf course designers of all time. He was responsible for the creation of hundreds of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the world. In Great Donald Ross Golf Courses You Can Play, Paul and B. J. Dunn have collected scorecards, course descriptions, histories, addresses and directions to courses for over one hundred semi-private, public, and resort golf courses designed by Donald Ross in North America from 1899–1948. Illustrated with over 150 color photographs, this book has everything the die-hard, and even casual, golfer will need to locate and play the golf courses designed by the most prolific and successful golf course designer ever.
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For many years, my friends and family have encouraged me in my obsession with Donald Ross courses. It all began innocuously enough, when the country club I joined to play tennis turned out to have a great course by Mr. Ross (Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton, Massachusetts). I learned to play golf later, and was hooked on Mr. Ross! My friends and I have often talked about putting together a book that would be a guide to help others locate Ross courses to play on. This book was a happy surprise for me in fulfilling that long-held desire! The research is solid in this book, locating Donald Ross courses that others had erroneously ascribed to others. What happened in a few cases is that Mr. Ross did the design, but the implementation did not occur until later. The book details over 100 courses and has over 150 color photographs plus many black-and-white images. Typically, the color images capture key perspectives of famous or top holes. The book's layout for each course is done over two pages. You get the ratings of the course, some history, several photographs, directions to the course (and on-line information), and condition. I especially liked the older photographs that showed famous players in important moments. The course descriptions are relieved by occasional essays about Mr. Ross. Living in the Boston area, I was pleased to see that there are 32 in New England I can enjoy, most of which I have yet to play on. I can also head south in the Winter and hit Florida (18), Georgia (5), South Carolina (4), and North Carolina (16). If you don't know Mr. Ross, you should. He built Pinehurst No. 2, which is probably his best known effort. Mr. Ross's courses are well known for their elevated tees and greens, with tricky putting surfaces. A recent book about Mr. Ross commented that a poll by touring pros voted my home course as one of ten toughest to putt. There are almost no flat landing areas in the fairway. On the other hand, each shot is a fair test of golf for players of all levels. Many of these courses are considered today to be too short for the male pros, but many still serve as sites for important women's tournaments. My only complaint about the book was that some of the photographs seemed wildly inappropriate. My favorite example is 'Hooter Girls' at the Fort Myers Country Club. On the other hand, the photographs give the book a feeling not unlike a personal family album. Perhaps that's appropriate for all of us who are part of the large family of Ross fans. After you have enjoyed this book (and hopefully played many of the courses), I suggest that you think about how you can leave joy for future generations as Mr. Ross has done for us. What can your special contribution be? Create indelible experiences! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution