18 In America

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
by Dylan Detheir My parents have always been supportive of my hair-brained ideas, but I am absolutely positive that if had I told them I was going to set out on a year long cross country golfing expedition at the tender young age of 17 the proverbial foot down would have been put down. Luckily for us Dylan Detheir's parents were quite a bit more adventure minded than mine and because of that we get to read 18 In America. As a 17 year old high school graduate Dylan left More >

Loopers

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
by John Dunn Six years ago I had never played a round of golf with a caddie, but once I started my Top 100 quest I quickly became familiar with this colorful breed of characters that can be found at golf clubs all across the globe. Caddies come in all shapes, sizes, skill levels, demeanors and from all different types of backgrounds . . . they are a group that simply cannot be stereotyped. John Dunn has spent the last 20 years firmly entrenched in the club caddie subculture and More >

Golf’s Finest Par Threes: The Art & Science of the One-Shot Hole

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by Tony Roberts & Michael Bartlett   The one shot hole may be the most loved hole in golf. Everyone gets a chance to hit their ball on the green from a tee and players of all skill levels have a chance to make par, birdie or even an ace. This lovely book is a collection of the very best par three holes that the world of golf has to offer. All the usual suspects are included such as Augusta National's 12th and 16th, Pine Valley's 5th and 10th, Cypress More >

Augusta National & The Masters: A Photographer’s Scrapbook

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
By Frank Christian In keeping with The Masters theme this week I thought there would be no better time than now to do a review of this book. Augusta native Frank Christian comes from a long line of photographers associated with Augusta National Golf Club. His great uncle began photographing the club in 1933, his father was the first Club Photographer and Frank carried on the tradition. Christian's library of photographs from Augusta National and the Masters are likely to be rivaled by none. With photos from the early 1930s More >

The Fishers Island Club and its Golf Links

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by Charles B. Ferguson & Pierce Rafferty This is a really cool and a really difficult book to find. In fact, the only place I have ever seen it is in the Fishers Island Club proshop. The book does a great job of telling the detailed history of Fishers Island Club and giving a detailed profile of the golf course. One of the things that I really enjoyed were the vintage photos of the original clubhouse which was an absolutely incredible structure that burned to the ground in 1963. Also More >

Lost Balls: Great Holes, Tough Shots, and Bad Lies

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
by Charles Lindsay This is a fun book that consists largely of unusual, humorous, inspiring and unique golf photos. There is everything here from beautiful photos of holes in Scotland and Ireland to a balls embedded in cow dung and protected by an overbearing rattlesnake. This is a perfect coffee table book that is more about the photos than the words and a lighthearted addition to any golf book library. More >

The Golden Age of Golf Design

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
by Geoff Shackelford This is a seriously cool must have book for golf course nerds. Not only is the book loaded with great information about all the golf course architects from the golden era, but the historic photos of classic courses are priceless. It's amazing to see how different most of the courses looked in their infancy and before golf courses were quite so "manicured". I bought and read this book about 10 years ago and had completely forgotten just how cool it was until I pulled it off the More >

Pebble Beach Golf Links: The Official History

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
by Neal Hotelling All golfers should have this book if for no other reason than to leave it laying in their den to look pretty. After seeing Pebble Beach on television last week I pulled this one out and had forgotten how cool it is. With a complete history of the golf course as well as a ton of vintage photos of celebrity participants at the Crosby Clambake/AT&T it's a fun book to thumb through. At a price less than $15 from Amazon.com I can't think of any reason not More >

Dream Golf: The Making of Bandon Dunes

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by Stephen Goodwin Anyone who loves the game of golf needs to visit Bandon Dunes. The remote golf resort located on the rugged coast of Oregon is, in my opinion, everything that golf should be. How Bandon Dunes came into existence is a truly remarkable story of one man's vision and his unyielding drive to see it through. Stephen Goodwin does a masterful job of telling the story of Mike Keiser and his impossible dream in a way that keeps the reader engaged and wanting to learn more about this More >

A Course Called Ireland

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
by Tom Coyne   Tom Coyne makes me look like I'm a rational and sane individual. There have been numerous occasions where I've questioned the wisdom of taking on this Top 100 Quest, but any uncertainty I've had is but a grain of sand on a beach compared to the doubts that Tom must have felt during his chosen golf quest. In the midst of a quasi-midlife crisis Coyne decided that what he needed to do was spend 16 weeks walking across Ireland and playing every seaside links hole that More >