Thursday, April 11, 2013

Augusta National, Golf Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Masters Weekend:  Golf Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

One of the most prestigious golf tournaments, The Masters, begins today in Augusta, Georgia.  The Augusta National is one of the golf courses featured in an atlas available from Ball State University Libraries.  World Atlas of Golf: The Greatest Courses and How They Are Played is available from the Atlas Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library.

“This book features the greatest golf courses in the world that display architectural brilliance or are simply important in the history of the game.”  World Atlas of Golf was published in Great Britain in 2008. The atlas includes a section on architectural design theory, the business of course design, and routing the golf course.  Maps and photographs of golf courses from around the world are featured, organized by continent.  The atlas includes maps of some of the courses’ signature holes.  Augusta’s famous “Amen Corner” is featured above (click to enlarge).  

The location of courses on each continent or region is featured at the beginning of the chapters.  A description of each course is provided, including how to play the course, memorable holes, and the history of the course.  North America and Europe comprises the majority of the courses covered, including Bethpage Black, Pebble Beach, St Andrews, Prestwick, and Royal St. George’s.

The USA Today Golf Atlas is also available from the Atlas Collection, and this resource provides state and city maps for golf courses around the country.  The atlas also includes charts showing the number of private and public courses and fees, phone numbers, and other visitor information.  The Atlas of Sport in the Atlas collection includes a section about the game of golf and includes a map showing the number of courses in each state (above).

Many of the tourist maps in the GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) also offer information and guides about golf courses in the area, including popular resort locations like Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, and Monterey.  Golfs de France is a map of golf courses located in France.  

Atlases from the Atlas Collection may be circulated for 28 days or longer.  Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer.  For more information about this atlas or other cartographic resources, please contact the GIS Research and Map Collection at 765/285-1097.

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