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Dream Golf

The Making of Bandon Dunes, Revised and Expanded

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On a wild, windblown bluff high above the Pacific sits one of America’s premier golfing destinations, Bandon Dunes. Golf enthusiast Mike Keiser had the dream of building this British-style "links" course on a stretch of Oregon's rugged coast, and Dream Golf is the first all-inclusive account of how he turned his passion into a reality.

Now, in this updated and expanded edition, golf writer Stephen Goodwin revisits Bandon Dunes and introduces readers to Keiser's latest effort there, a new course named Old Macdonald that will present golfers with a more rugged, untamed version of the game. This "new" approach to the sport is, in fact, a return to the game's origins, with a very deep bow to Charles Blair Macdonald (1856 –1939), the father of American golf course architecture and one of the founders of the U.S. Golf Association. This highly anticipated fourth course, designed by renowned golf course architect Tom Doak along with Jim Urbina — as detailed in Dream Golf — will further enhance Bandon Dunes' reputation as a place where golf really does seem to capture the ancient magic of the game. 

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 06, 2006 – Goodwin (Breaking Her Fall) brings a passion for golf and a fluid narrative style to his account of one man's quest to create a British-style links course on a gorse-choked, craggy expanse of land on the Oregon coast. Mike Keiser was a successful entrepreneur whose company, Recycled Paper Greetings, afforded him the possibility of laying out $2.4 million in cash for what most people viewed as a dubious project at best. Goodwin deftly breaks down the differences between traditional, modern and postmodern golf course architecture, and relays the revelatory experiences in Great Britain that gave Keiser a love of rolling, sandy, seaside courses. He portrays Keiser as visionary, humble, generous and dynamic, though readers may wonder if he's too reverent or close to his subject (for instance, Goodwin makes no mention of Keiser's thoughts on golf courses' tendency to wreak havoc on the land, which is strange considering Keiser founded an environmentally friendly greeting-card company). Although chapters on the intricacies of development might be of interest only to businesspeople and planners, Goodwin's lively writing and clear descriptions make for an apt chronicle for golf fans of the making of Bandon Dunes, which, since its 1999 opening, has been considered one of the world's premier courses. Photos.

Customer Reviews

A must read for any Bandon Pilgrims

I bought my copy while at Bandon Dunes and read it on the 6-hour flight home, and during the following week. I loved my time there and I love the courses so I was interested in how it all came to be. I believe anyone who has trekked out to Bandon, OR would also be interested in this book. It's an easy read and informative that flows well. My only complaint is that Bandon Trails isn't yet complete in the book so it doesn't spend much time on that course and i don't remember Old Mac even making an appearance. Regardless I'd highly recommend it for anyone who's been or who is planning to go

Dream Golf

This book was amazing! I downloaded it while I traveled from the east coast out to Portland, in order to get myself ready for the best place to play golf. I played my rounds and I read the rest of the book on the plane ride home and it reminded me of every shot and every step I took. This book is amazing and Bandon is an amazing place to play.

Dream Golf

Truly an inspiring read not only about golf but about following your passion and staying committed to your vision. While not in any way wrapped in your traditional and often pedestrian motivational hoopla - nor necessarily intended to be spiritual, it is a book that will challenge you to be an even more thoughtful and humble human being.

Dream Golf
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Jun 01, 2010
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • Seller: Workman Publishing Co., Inc.
  • Print Length: 376 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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