Monday, May 17, 2010

Book Cover

I hope it's true that a book is judged by its cover because the cover of Dream Golf is a stunning photograph of the 7th hole at Old Macdonald.

The 7th hole is one of the only seaside holes at Old Mac, and one of the most dramatic.   It didn't appear on any of the original routing plans, which had the seventh green located at the foot of the ridge.  Mike Keiser wanted to locate a turnstand at the top of the ridge to provide golfers with a view of the Pacific.  During a walk-around, he and Tom Doak walked up to the top of the ridge.  

It was a Eureka moment.  Within half an hour, the decision had been made to move the 7th green to the top of the ridge.   The oceanside 7th is one of the most photogenic holes on the course, and one of the most challenging.  In the prevailing northerly wind, the approach shot to this green is like trying to land a ball on a magic carpet as it flies by.

The photograph was taken by Wood Sabold, a Bandon resident who has been taking pictures of Bandon Dunes since the earliest construction.  Wood is a fine art photographer and many beautiful images of the Pacific Northwest -- including the majestic rock formations, or sea stacks -- are posted on his website at

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