Green Glory: A Visual Tribute To The Courses of The Majors

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
In honor of the first major of the year I thought I'd do a review of a newly released book that takes a look at the golf courses of major championship golf. When you're writing a book about the golf courses of major championships it only makes sense to start the book off with an introduction by the golfer who has won more majors than anyone else, Jack Nicklaus. Kicking off with Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters, Green Glory gets off to a great start. The paintings of More >

Two Roads To Augusta

Written by Mark Pritchett
Everyone has seen the famous photo of Ben Crenshaw being consoled by his caddie after holing the winning putt at the 1995 Masters just a week past his instructor Harvey Penick's passing. Now there is a book that contains the remarkable story of this equally remarkable friendship. Masters Champion Ben Crenshaw and his Masters caddie since 1976, Carl Jackson, couldn't have come from more different backgrounds, but through golf have developed a deep friendship that has changed them both. The backdrop for this wonderful story is Augusta National Golf Club More >

The Masters: Golf, Money and Power in Augusta, Georgia

Written by Tim Irwin
In honor of the annual Kickoff to Golf Season that is the Masters, I wanted to review a book that goes much deeper than any others into the history of Augusta National Golf Club and the Augusta National Invitational Tournament. The book by Curt Sampson, who also wrote "Hogan", tells a slightly more serious tale of the club, the founders, chairmen, and the members - all of whom were under the leadership of co-founder and the first chairman Clifford Roberts. It's no secret that Augusta National is a tightly-run club More >

Legendary Golf Clubs of the American Midwest

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
by John de St. Jorre and Anthony Edgeworth Here we have another installment from the same great team that brought us Legendary Golf Clubs of the American East as well as Legendary Golf Clubs of Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. This latest addition to their collection of "legendary" books bring us more of the same fantastic content, but this time focused on the premier clubs of America's heartland. The authors detail twelve clubs with the same sort of insider's look that they have delivered in the past. These profiles are More >

Sand and Golf: How Terrain Shapes The Game

Written by Tim Irwin
by George Waters with Foreword by Tom Doak I recently picked up this book which had been on my wish list since it first came out a couple months ago. I'll be forthright in saying that I was a big fan of the book pretty much before I opened it. It has a beautiful dust jacket featuring a rich photo of the Monterey Peninsula's Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Club which would have been the last course I expected to see on the cover. Ironically, I took the protective dust cover More >

Crump’s Dream: The Making of Pine Valley / 1913 – 1936

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
by Andrew C. Mutch, Ph.D. I've been hesitant to post a book review of Crump's Dream: The Making of Pine Valley / 1913-1936 because I haven't found anywhere that the book can be purchased and I like for the books I review to actually be available for purchase somewhere online. My web queries have not yielded even a used copy at Amazon or eBay, and a Google search returns absolutely no mention of this recently published tome. After spending quite a bit of time with the book I decided that More >

Planet Golf: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses Outside The United States of America

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
by Darius Oliver I recently received this book as a gift from a friend who lives in the UK and is far better traveled than me when it comes to golf outside America. I suppose now that my Top 100 in the U.S. quest is winding down to the end that I should consider this book as a hint for my next adventure. I may have traveled extensively within America, but when it comes to the great golf courses outside of these United States I am a complete neophyte. After More >

The Evangelist of Golf: The Story of Charles Blair Macdonald

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
by George Bahto In light of my recent post about National Golf Links of America I thought it was only appropriate to post this long overdue book review. I'm going to start out by saying that this book is a collectible and not something that is easy to find or inexpensive to buy. That said, it is a book that is an absolute must for any golf book library which makes it a perfect item for the golf nerd Christmas list. Written by the foremost expert on Charles Blair Macdonald, More >

Miracle at Merion

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
by David Barrett I can't believe I never owned a copy of this book before a few weeks ago when I received it as a gift. It has been on my reading list for a long time, but I just never had gotten around to buying it. With the recent U.S. Open at Merion and the book arriving on my doorstep it was clearly time for me to dive in. In 1949 Hogan was involved in a head on collision with a Greyhound bus that nearly killed him and left More >

Roy: The 78 Year Old Champion

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
by Brian Mulvaney & Jay Lavender The golf community is is full of wonderful personalities and interesting stories . . . it's really one of the games greatest charms. When I first heard about this book I was immediately interested because I had met and played a few holes of golf at Crystal Downs with the subject, Roy Vomastek. Prior to meeting Dr. Vomastek I was slightly familiar with the legend of a septuagenarian amateur golfer who could still strike fear into the hearts of players half his age, but More >