If you are looking for the starting point of understanding golf course architecture, there is almost no better place than Grounds for Golf. The perfect starting point for a novice armchair architect would be Grounds for Golf followed by Tom Doak’s The Anatomy of a Golf Course.

Geoff Shackelford provides the narrative, and Gil Hanse provides detailed illustrations that are superb on a technical front. Anecdotes and witty quotes keep the read entertaining. Written for the layperson, the tone is encouraging rather than condescending or high brow.

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You want a concise, modern overview of the basics of golf course architecture. It's well illustrated and entertaining.