For the first time, all of Seth Raynor’s work in a single volume, featuring photos from LinksGems.
Jon Cavalier, Michael Wolf, James Sitar
The Golf Courses of Seth Raynor
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SETH RAYNOR’S golf course designs and builds are equal parts art and science. Raynor’s career in golf lasted only 17 years before his early death at age 51, but in that short time frame he worked on many of today’s best known classic courses. Now considered one of the most gifted and popular of the Golden Age architects, his design principles have continued to inspire and influence course architects today.
Raynor left very few documents about his work, never thinking his work was of longstanding importance. Many of his courses were reworked by well-meaning but misguided ideas in the 1950s through 1980s, or left to stagnate through poor maintenance practices. As a result, some clubs were even unsure of what a masterpiece they had many years ago. Thanks to the vision and dedication of recent club memberships and golf course architects, many of Raynor’s designs have been faithfully restored to their original glory and are considered among the best in the United States.
Photographer Jon Cavalier has spent the past decade documenting THE GOLF COURSES OF SETH RAYNOR. This book explores Raynor’s early work for his mentor C.B. Macdonald, his famous solo designs, and his final projects that were completed after his passing by his protégé, Charles Banks. For the first time, all of Raynor’s work is presented and discussed in a single volume.
From the Foreword by Mike Keiser
“I’ve admired a pair of Golden Age architects for many, many years: Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor. The pair worked so well together, it’s difficult to separate the two in my mind. Their work, and their legacy, are important to me. I was delighted to learn of this book, which is attempting to preserve these great designs in photos and descriptions, allowing a wide audience to learn about them and enjoy them. ... Jon Cavalier’s photos capture the beauty and majesty of Raynor’s designs, and Michael Wolf and James Sitar provide great overviews of the courses. This book distills the philosophies that connected the work of Macdonald and Raynor, and Raynor and his own protégé, Charles Banks, while still being a highly enjoyable read.” —MIKE KEISER