Once you have your eyes open to the intrigue of golf course architecture, your thirst for knowledge invariably deepens. Fortunately, many of the greatest architects liberally put pen to paper. With a rich catalogue of literary works on offer, where does one begin?

Evalu18’s recommendation for a starting point is with the author, Geoff Shackelford. He doesn’t speak down to the reader but dignifies their curiosity by quenching the thirst of knowledge in a down-to-earth manner.

The ultimate first book for the aspiring golf course architect? Look no further than Grounds for Golf – The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design. Acclaimed architect, Gil Hanse, provides the illustrations. If your interest is fleeting, you will be richer for having read and grasped the fundamentals contained therein.

After some more? Geoff Shackelford delivers:

The Art of Golf Design
The Golden Age of Golf Design
Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design

Following on from here you’ll be more than ready for Tom Doak’s Anatomy of a Golf Course and the rest of the Sacred Texts.

Learn. Discover. Travel & Play. Evalu18.