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We were honored to see a comment on Creating Calusa Pines in the March, 2020 issue of Golf Course Architecture, the UK-based global “journal of golf course design and development.” Club histories rarely win such attention, so we’re grateful to GCA’s editors for finding space to mention the book in their prestigious journal.

“Club histories are, of course, ten a penny, but few of them have such a dramatic story to tell as author John Strawn relates in Creating Calusa Pines. Strawn – who made his name many years ago with his book Driving the Green, perhaps the first volume to chronicle the creation of a golf course in this way, and who, along with fellow author Curt Sampson has now formed a firm dedicated to the production of high-class club histories – tells that story with his usual aplomb. This is, without doubt, a book of niche interest, but it’s a top quality one for all that. A bit like Calusa Pines itself, then!”

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