James R. Hansen is Professor of History at Auburn University in Alabama. His 2005 book, First Man (Simon & Schuster), the first and only authorized biography of Neil Armstrong, spent three weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and garnered major book awards. An internationally distinguished historian in the field of aerospace history, Hansen is the author of several books about air and space. But in addition, he is an internationally known expert on the history of golf architecture. In addition to rating courses for Golfweek magazine for the past 17 years, he has made presentations on golf course history in Canada, England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, as well as across the United States. Once a near-scratch golfer who was co-captain of his college golf team, Hansen has played over 600 different courses around the world.

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