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.