I was drawn to golf course architecture after reading books by Tom Doak, Alister MacKenzie, and George Thomas. I have remained interested and involved in the literature surrounding golf course design ever since.


Sand and Golf: How Terrain Shapes the Game

By George Waters, Foreword by Tom Doak
Goff Books 2013

This book explores what makes golf, and golf course architecture, so special on sandy terrain. This book investigates the relationship between sandy terrain and great golf from all angles. From the classic links courses of the British Isles to the great sandy courses of the modern era, sandy terrain has always produced golf at its best. The unique features of sandy ground are the reason. Firm conditions, natural bunkers, and fantastic contours are all part of the story. Sand and Golf explores all aspects of the art and architecture of golf on sandy terrain, from the routing of entire courses to the significance held by a tiny wrinkle in a windswept fairway. Golfing on sandy ground is a special experience, this book explains why.

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Golf Club Atlas Feature Interview

January 2014

An interview discussing Sand and Golf: How Terrain Shapes the Game. Q&A focuses on the book, my career, and thoughts on golf course architecture. Read Interview

Shades of Restoration

In P. Daley (Ed.), Golf architecture: A worldwide perspective 2012

This article discusses different rationales and approaches to golf course restoration and redesign. Golf course restoration is the subject of much discussion these days, and it plays a major role in many firms’ businesses. However, it is not possible, nor always desirable, to restore a golf course to its original design. In “Shades of Restoration” I describe different approaches to renovating an existing course, from performing a total restoration to preserving select features, based on the opportunities and information available at a given site. Download pdf

Disturbance by Design

J. of  Society of Australian Golf Course Architects. 2007

This article discusses the relationship between links golf courses and the coastal dune environment. The dynamic coastal dune landscape gave birth to golf and shaped the features of the game. Undulating greens and fairways, tight fine turf, and rugged bunkers are all products of a dynamic, sandy landscape. In the early days golf courses were constantly changing with their environment, but as the interest in golf grew, so too did the desire to preserve and maintain courses in a more formal way. However, trying to bring order to the dynamic coastal landscape can have unintended consequences for both the environment and the golf course. This article describes the benefits that come with allowing a bit of natural disturbance in a modern links golf landscape. Download pdf