Friday, December 4, 2015

'The Ultimate Round' Pebble Beach Golf Links Book Released

(Monterey, CA) – “The Ultimate Round – Pebble Beach Golf Links: An Illustrated Guide to America’s Majestic Dream Course,” a compendium of Pebble Beach Golf Links never before published, combines breathtaking hole-by-hole imagery and state-of-the-art graphics with historical anecdotes for each hole and essays by golf industry notables, and some lively cartoon graphics, as well.

This engaging new book by world-renowned photographer Joann Dost is now available at and through Pebble Beach Resorts.

“Pebble Beach and Joann Dost—a pair of American treasures,” says Jim Nantz, CBS Sportscaster and Pebble Beach resident. “This book brings you as close to actually playing this classic seaside links course as only Joann can. Enjoy all the majesty of this hole-by-hole experience.”

Published by Joann Dost Golf Editions, LLC, this 146-page 10.5” x 10” full-color hardbound volume is the next best thing to being at Pebble Beach. The first edition of the book was produced in 7,500 copies and represents the fifth custom publication by Joann Dost Golf Editions, LLC. Retail price is $40.

An enriching read and compelling visual experience, “The Ultimate Round – Pebble Beach Golf Links: An Illustrated Guide to America’s Majestic Dream Course” includes quotes by 14 professional players and industry icons, including five members of the World Golf Hall of Fame – Amy Alcott, Ben Crenshaw, Juli Inkster, Johnny Miller, and Tom Watson.

“This project represents the pinnacle of my career,” Dost said. “At last, my company and I have produced a publication on Pebble Beach Golf Links that is definitive, attractive, and practical. We look forward to distributing this new book worldwide.”

The photographs by Dost weave the book together and provide a visual framework for the front-nine and back-nine chapters titled “Playing the Ultimate Round.”  Dost’s images capture the splendor and challenge of America’s premier public-play course.

“Joann is a true artist who has a gift of capturing the essence of Pebble Beach,” said RJ Harper, Executive Vice President of Golf and Retail for Pebble Beach Company. “She honed her photography skills here on the Monterey Peninsula, and that institutional knowledge allows her to see the coastline and golf courses in an incredibly unique and captivating way. We are thrilled that Joann is able to share these beautiful images of Pebble Beach in her new book so that golf fans all over the world can enjoy the special place that we live and play.”

With a Foreword by Jim Dodson and Introduction by Pebble Beach historian Neal Hotelling, along with essays by Dost, golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and Pebble Beach Golf Academy Director Laird Small, the literary components of the book parallel the extraordinary photographic content and computer graphics.

“Joann’s fresh approach in showing the magic of Pebble Beach Golf Links with her new, dramatic photography, detailed graphics, personal insights and brief narratives, is a perfect blend,” said Hotelling, award-winning author and authority on the history of the iconic golf venue. “Her book illustrates why Pebble Beach is a ‘must play course’ for every golfer.”

The hole-by-hole vignettes are highlighted with 3-D digital renderings by Best Approach Publications, an industry leader in yardage guide and scorecards that collaborated with Joann Dost Golf Editions, LLC on this special project.

“Joann Dost's ‘The Ultimate Round Pebble Beach Golf Links’ is the perfect memento commemorating the Pebble Beach experience,” said Scott Seward, of the Northern California Golf Association. “The book is like the consummate yardage book, with detailed descriptions and stunning Dost photos of every hole.”

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