• The Nature of the Game

  • Links Golf at Bandon Dunes and Far Beyond
  • By: Mike Keiser, Stephen Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From golf's most acclaimed course developer—a comprehensive, firsthand account of restoring the inherent satisfactions of this centuries-old game

An avid golfer with a demanding career in the greeting card business, Mike Keiser found a new calling on the authentic links courses of Scotland and Ireland. Seized by the beauty of the landscape and the holes running through it, he determined this was how golf was meant to be: inclusive, not private; played on foot, not riding a cart; the courses natural, neither lavish nor contrived. Vowing to transplant this experience to the States, Keiser entered the golf business and, ignoring the advice of experts, built a true links course in Oregon. Bandon Dunes has redefined the game here and become a destination for golfers everywhere.

Those same convictions have now produced other top-ranked courses by Keiser—in Wisconsin, Nova Scotia, Tasmania, and elsewhere—whose magical allure demonstrates what the world’s most gifted golf course architects can accomplish by working on designs that hew to the natural landscape. Keiser’s further commitments—to the caddies, greens crews, and staff at his resorts; to the communities in which they’re located; and to deep environmental stewardship—enhance the singular appeal of these immensely popular courses.

At once an account of inventing a new, life-changing business, a guide to historic course design, and a paean to the sport that has recently experienced a surge of growth, The Nature of the Game is essential listening for every golfer.

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©2022 Mike Keiser, Stephen Goodwin (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Mike’s influence on golf courses and the game has simply been remarkable. He’s led a movement to showcase the sheer joy of playing bouncy, sandy, linksy—and FUN!—golf courses. He will have indeed left the game far better than he found it!” (Mike Davis, former CEO, USGA)

“Mike Keiser is the best thing to happen to golf since the Big Bertha. He’s the guy who single-handedly saved us from the Fake 100-foot Waterfall Era. He gave us back nature, walking and buddy trips. This is a fascinating read on how in the world he did it.” (Rick Reilly, golf writer)

“Mike Keiser’s work will be studied for generations. I’ve never played a Keiser course that didn’t leave me thrilled and wanting to go back. His latest book with Stephen Goodwin takes you behind the scenes.” (Jerry Tarde, editor in chief of Golf Digest)

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If you love golf….

Listen to this book! Go to to Bandon. Go to Sand Valley. They are as good as it gets.

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True Essence of Golf’s Spirituality

Excellent description of the Links course design and how using the best designers can make all the difference. Fabulous and truly enjoyed listening to this terrific book after spending 7 days and playing 7 courses at Bandon Dunes with the best caddie of my life. Larry blivas