Nicklaus By Design: Golf Course Strategy And Architecture – Brief Article
Jack Nicklaus isn’t the most-objective person to write about his own design work of more than 200 courses. But in Design ($49.95; Abrams; 288 pages), he and co-author Chris Millard make a strong effort to cast an honest light on his development, maturity and strategy as an architect.
One sign of his candor: Jack admits critics had it right when they said his early work showed a tendency to create courses for golfers with his own shot shape–a fade. With 173 photos and illustrations, Design is a visual treat, and there’s plenty of room to let the photos spread out. The text does not dominate, and that ensures novices won’t be overwhelmed by technical talk.
Jack doesn’t miss a chance to state his case against the modern ball and its effect on courses, and there’s a predictable plug for his design firm and family architects at the end. But they don’t spoil what is an enjoyable journey with the game’s greatest player.
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