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No. 5

On the cover: Ravi making his own course in Mumbai. No. 5 highlights diehards like Ravi and his friends, celebrating the places found and the lessons learned by those willing to make the effort and take the chance. From the world’s largest private golf library in Cleveland to Gil Hanse’s dream coming true on Pinehurst No. 4 to Tom Coyne’s tour of Scottish links with a dedicated duffer, No. 5 goes the distance. Explore digital golf course architecture wizardry, the controversy it inspires and why Stanford’s women’s team wins by going old-school. Adventure awaits below.

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PHOTO by Tomasz Gudzowaty

“There wasn’t a single photo—only a few paragraphs describing a group of teens who played golf in the slums. It sounded like the promise of something interesting.”

Anywhere, Anytime

Golf is growing rapidly in India, and not just on its courses.

Photo: Courtesy of Tom Coyne

“As we watched his second tee ball chase his first one into the thick gorse on number twelve, he said, ‘Look at it this way: I’ve just doubled my chances of finding a ball in there.’”

The Tao of Garth

What’s to learn from a player chasing 99? Tom Coyne finds plenty in an excerpt from his latest book, A Course Called Scotland.

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Phot by Lexey Swall

“Beyond removing nearly 2,000 tons of lead from what was once a prison guard shooting range at the 15th hole, the bulldozers were largely kept at bay.”

Ground Under Repair

Laurel Hill Golf Club is merely the latest incarnation of a plot that has roots tracing back to George Washington.

Photo by Christian Hafer

“Hanse is able to convince blue bloods that he’s the man to be trusted with blowing up and rebuilding their most valuable assets, while simultaneously maintaining a connection to the counterculture that delights in nothing more than getting under their skin.”

Life on the Trail

The latest stop for Gil Hanse: Donald Ross’ former Pinehurst residence and a reckoning with his future.

Photo by Kohjiro Kinno

“Dallas didn’t plan on playing all four rounds in one night. It’s just that once he started, he couldn’t stop.”

A Game of Pixels

A masterful re-creation of Augusta National. And a controversy unlike any other in the world of online golf.

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Photo by Todd Rosenberg

“It’s a relic that collectors would kill for, but that’s not what gets Johnston’s Glasgow brogue flowing. It’s the story of how it came to the collection.”

An Incomplete Biography

Exploring the world’s largest private golf library and a remarkable life.

Photo by Martin Parr

“Magnum’s images are decidedly unique, generated from the eyes of photographers never exposed to the traveling circus of the professional tours.”

Magnum Opus

Global golf through a completely different lens.

Photo by Tom Shaw

“It does not discriminate between the duffer and the scratch player; it stands to humble all.”

Yardage Book: The Klondyke

Grappling with the beast that stands in the center of Lahinch’s legendary par-5 fourth hole.