Building Sebonack – Golf Club History


Building Sebonack was published in 2006 by Duck Pond Press. The book is 192 pages and is large format 14 inches x 12 inches. It tells the story of the building of the uber-wealthy Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, NY. Sebonack

The books chapters:

Long Island – A Natural Linksland

Pascucci – Starting with a Vision

Nicklaus – Seasoned Pro

Doak – Wild Child

The Site – 298 Choice Acres

Routing + Design – Collaboration

Community – Keeping it Green

Construction – Sculpting and Preserving

The Course – A Tour with the Designers

Building a Club – Postscript

This book is part of a new genre, technically not a club history, more a story of how the club was built. Similar books have been published regarding various Tom Fazio courses and most famously Dream Golf by Steve Goodwin, which tells the story of the building of Bandon Dunes.

Bradley S. Klein is architecture editor of Golfweek and a former tour caddy. Carol Haralson is a writer, editor and designer who creates books for museums, galleries and other specialized publishers. The book contains beautiful full page historical pictures regarding the Eastern end of Long Island.  Sebonack is set along the water between Shinnecock Hills and the National Golf Links of America.

The book includes pictures of the course under construction and of Doak and Nicklaus’s previously completed courses. It includes a nice picture of the old Bayberry estate, which was located roughly near where the second hole is today.

The book is an insiders look at course design, construction, tradeoffs and how Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak worked together even though they are not natural partners.There is also an aerial view show how magnificent a piece of land it is with golf holes running contiguously from Shinnecock,  down the hill to the National, over the bluff to Sebonack.

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Valuable Book Group specializes in rare, collectible and valuable golf books. We are avid collectors ourselves obsessed not only with playing the game, but also its history and the literature of the game.

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