The contemporary fascination with golf has spurred the popularity of a new type of golf publication, the large-format book focusing on the greatest courses and most challenging golf holes in the world. With increased recreational and business travel in recent years, the horizon of many golfers has expanded from playing at a local course or country club to following the events of the annual PGA tour and sampling the growing number of challenging courses across the Atlantic and Pacific. As the range of golfing experience has expanded, so too has an interest in reviewing and comparing the most outstanding achievements of the golf architect's exacting art. However distant the courses of South Africa, Australia, Japan, or Hawaii may once have seemed, they now form part of a farflung but increasingly integrated circuit of elite golfing environments.

Works such as Davy Hoffman's America's Greatest Golf Courses (1987) and André-Jean Lafaurie's Golf; Great Courses of the World (1991) represent some of the most impressive examples of the large-format golf book.. Lavishly illustrated with double-page color photographs, these books present the game of golf at its most beautiful and most ideal, the early light streaming across clipped grass or hanging over the waters of a still pond, an inviting and beguiling green dreamscape for golfing enthusiasts at any level of skill.

These richly detailed photographs bring the printed page as close as possible to the actual sensations and stimulations of the golf environment; equally important, for fans of golf manuals, novels, histories, biographies, and other species of golf literature, they are a welcome invitation to set the books aside and re-enter the real game with a fresh approach to reading the greens.

America's Greatest Golf Courses
Davy Hoffman

New York: Gallery Books, 1987

A World Portrait of Golf
Brian Morgan

New York: Gallery Books, 1988

Golf's Magnificent Challenge
Robert Trent Jones

New York: McGraw-Hill, 1989

The Golf Courses of the Monterey Peninsula
Udo Machat

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989

Golf: Great Courses of the World
André-Jean Lafaurie

New York: Artabras, 1991

Golf Courses of Hawaii
Tom Ramsey

San Francisco: Collins, 1991

The Town & Country World of Golf
Richard Miller

Dallas: Taylor, 1992

South African Golf Courses: A Portrait of the Best
Stuart McLean

Cape Town: Struik, 1993