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Architect Art: Golf's Grand Design

A look at the early sketches by some of the game's great golf course designers

Golf's Grand Design: The Evolution of Golf Architecture in America
Last year, Golf Digest's architecture editor Ron Whitten joined with veteran golf architect Bob Cupp, immediate past-president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, to write a companion book to the 2012 PBS documentary, Golf's Grand Design, in which they participated. Rather than rehash the television script, Whitten and Cupp chose to discuss the artistry of golf architects, devoting each chapter to a specific sketch, drawing or blueprint of a particular designer and providing a story behind that golf hole. Here's a sampling.

Golf's Grand Design: The Evolution of Golf Architecture in America, by Bob Cupp & Ron Whitten is available for purchase on It retails for $24.95.
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Architect Art: Golf's Grand Design
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1. A.W. Tillinghast's Three-Way Hole, created around 1919 to be built at San Francisco Golf Club. One of the great mysteries is whether the hole was ever built as planned. If so, which hole at SFGC is it? Today, no one knows for sure.
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