FOREWORD from Spectacular Golf

The secret to mastering golf, wrote the legendary Scottish instructor Seymour Dunn, is perseverance. "Continue in a state of grace," wrote Dunn, "until it is succeeded by a state of glory."

In no other sport is one's state of being--grace, glory, or the countless other emotions--more influenced by one's surroundings than in golf. Tennis courts don't do it; they're all the same. Nor do antiseptic football domes lacking weather and character. But golfers and courses connect. On good days golfers draw inspiration from the places they play; on bad days, just dread and distraction.

Not surprisingly, Dunn himself ventured into course architecture. He understood the connection. He knew that spectacular settings inspire spectacular acts. And great courses identify great golfers.

Consider Winged Foot Golf Club's West Course in Mamaroneck, New York, for example, the site of nine major championships. It was on the West's undulating 18th green that Bobby Jones made his 12-foot putt in 1929 to force a playoff with Al Espinosa and trigger his Grand Slam of 1930. It was the 18th again that in 1974 identified Hale Irwin as one of the game's great masters when he rifled a two-iron to within 19 feet of the cup and defeated a leader pack that included a young Tom Watson. It was there that Fuzzy Zoeller waved the flag of concession after Greg Norman's enormous Sunday save in 1984, and there in 1997 that a rainbow framed Davis Love III's first major victory. A coincidence that all of these historic moments occurred on A.W. Tillinghast's majestic finishing hole? Of course not.

Spectacular Golf is about the marriage of place and performance, the relationship between the hill and the hero. It will take you on an adventure to the world's great courses and bring back the feats they inspired. It will, we believe, help you find your own grace and glory.

-- Bob Carney for the editors of Golf Digest

Background image: Front cover image from Spectacular Golf.
The 14th hole at Coeur d'Alene Golf Club, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Photograph by Jim Moriarty.

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