NYACK, NY – Bradford A. Becken, Jr., president of the Donald Ross Society since 2018, authored and presented a detailed analysis of Ross’ work based on approximately 1,500 hole and green and routing drawings that still exist and having played and widely photographed each one. Since opening Oakley CC in 1901, Donald Ross, North America’s foremost architect, has designed and redesigned 420 golf courses to his credit. 370 courses remain today in the United States and Canada. The book examines the design features of Ross and also discusses the Ross Yard Restoration movement that began in the 1980s.

The new golf architecture book titled, “The Golf Architecture of Donald Ross – A Study of the Work of America’s Greatest Golf Course Designer” is published by Classics of Golf and is available for purchase as a limited edition for $395.00 and as an eBook for $49.95 directly from Book specifications: 9 x 12 inches with 384 pages and a limited edition of 500 copies, signed and numbered by the author.

All profits otherwise due to the author shall be divided equally between the Donald Ross Society Foundation and the Tufts Archives in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

“This book is a unique definitive look at the many Donald Ross courses in the United States and Canada,” said author Brad Becken, Jr. near the Ross holes and the green designs.grid by grid to current courses.

Today, the timeless appeal of Donald Ross golf courses is stronger than ever, with each of these clubs proudly proclaiming their Donald Ross heritage. Even though Ross’ new design is over 70 years old, major PGA and LPGA events continue to be played on its courses despite constant and continuous improvements in golf ball and playing equipment. who revolutionized the modern game.

For most of his career, Ross didn’t have the luxury of moving mountains of dirt like today’s golf course architects. Ross’ genius was his ability to analyze and take what was available at a particular venue and then seamlessly shape a course that was both challenging for the best players, but also manageable and enjoyed by handicap players. raised. About 420 courses are credited to Ross as a design or redesign scattered across the United States and Canada and created in an era when travel was by train. He even designed two courses in Cuba although they did not survive Fidel Castro while approximately 365 of Ross’ courses continue to exist.


“Each time we think the proverbial ‘last word’ on the work and legacy of Donald Ross has been written and published, the golf gods seem to send a different perspective – and helpful insights – on the incomparable work of the America’s patron saint of course motif. Such is the case, and engagingly, with Brad Becken Jr.’s new book The Golf Architecture of Donald Ross. Like many of us, Becken delves deeply and lovingly into the classic elements that make Ross’s work so timeless and important – and sadly beleaguered in many places. Richly illustrated and brilliantly detailed in this exegesis of how and why so many of the great man’s courses came into existence and still stand as the standard- Now, Becken is giving Ross fans (old and new) a real insider’s perspective on why a Ross course holds us in. That may not be the last word. about the man and his n legacy, but it is definitely one NOT to be missed.

-James Dodson

bestselling golf author

Winner Donald Ross 2012

“Donald Ross would have loved Brad Becken. He’s sharp and honorable – a true golfer. Becken not only played all of Ross’ courses, but also fathomed the importance of the massive portfolio. Every golfer will be delighted to reflect on this exquisite presentation of the work of the Scottish master.

-Chris Buie

Author of “The Life and Times of Donald Ross and the Early Days of Pinehurst”

“This is one of the finest books on golf architecture ever made. Bright, reflective text; Fantastic photos, great layout, and overall really a classic. An amazing contribution to the field of golf architecture.

–Don Holton

Historian, Exmoor Country Club

About the Author:

BRADFORD A. BECKEN, JR., joined The Donald Ross Society in 2012, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2016 and since 2018 continues to serve as its Chairman. “The mission of the Donald Ross Society is to promote the recognition of Donald Ross, the excellence of his golf course architecture and the preservation and/or restoration of his courses.

About the publisher:

Classics of Golf is an exclusive collection of the world’s finest golf books that was created by the legendary Herbert Warren Wind and grown and has been managed by Michael P. Beckerich since 2003. Classics of Golf continues to honor the mission of M Wind to keep in print the literature and history of golf. The collection includes titles from Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Bernard Darwin and many more of golf’s most revered names.

In addition to the library, Classics of Golf publishes a selection of new books.

For information on how to order this book or other Classics of Golf selections, visit, email [email protected], or call 914-588-5454.

A free preview of the first 40 pages of the book is available at Classics of Golf (click here).

An in-depth interview (from January 2020) with the author is available on Golf Club Atlas (click here).

To learn more about the Donald Ross Society, please visit

The Editor can be contacted at:

Michael P. Beckerich
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