The companion book to the PBS documentary, “Golf’s Grand Design,” is now available for purchase here.

Video clips from “Golf’s Grand Design” can be seen here.

“GOLF’S GRAND DESIGN,” a new 60-minute HD documentary debuted on PBS stations nationwide Aug. 3, 2012. The program examines the history and role of American golf course architecture and explores the unique relationship between the people who play the game and the places where they play.

The program features interviews with ASGCA President Bob Cupp and fellow members Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye and Bill Coore, among many others.

Golf’s playing fields have recognizable characteristics – fairways, greens, bunkers, and water hazards – but golf is the only sport played on a field with no specifically defined dimensions. “GOLF’S GRAND DESIGN” focuses on golf course architecture from the 1880s through present day and highlights some of America’s best known and most influential courses. The program was inspired by The Robert J. Stransky Foundation and produced by PBS member station WNED Buffalo/Toronto.

Cupp and Ron Whitten, golf architecture editor of “Golf Digest” and 1996 winner of the ASGCA Donald Ross Award, have written a companion book for the documentary, also called “GOLF’S GRAND DESIGN.” The book, published through a grant by the Robert J. Stransky Foundation and utilizing the assistance of the ASGCA Foundation, will be available for purchase through, PBS and the ASGCA website,, after the documentary airs in August.

To view the documentary’s preview click here.