Although to the uninitiated, links is synonymous with golf, in fact a links is a specific kind of golf course. It's located close to the sea, on dune-like terrain over sandy, infertile soil; this results in fast-running fairways, but the ever-changing maritime winds make playing the course the ultimate challenge in golf. After an entire chapter devoted to their #1 links - the Old Course at St. Andrews (birthplace of the game) George Peper and Malcolm Campbell examine the 50 next best links, all located in the British Isles, in detail. Later chapters cover links in other parts of the World (their list has 5 courses in North America) and the newest links, built in the last 25 years as part of the environmentally sensitive minimalist movement. Most of the courses are captured in their glory by esteemed golf photographer Iain Lowe.
Malcolm Campbell, a member of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, is the author of Encyclopedia of Golf and Ultimate Golf Techniques. He has contributed to many other periodicals, including Golf Magazine, Links Golf, and T&L Golf. A 6-handicap, Malcolm lives in Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland. George Peper, who was editor-in-chief of Golf Magazine for 25 years, has written, co-written, or edited 17 books, including Artisan's 500 World's Greatest Golf Holes and Greg Norman's Shark Attack. George divides his time between Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and St. Andrews, Scotland.