Pine Valley Golf Club: A Unique Haven of the Game

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
by James W. Finegan Another example of a great American club with a great history book. James Finegan's book was originally published in 2000 and is only available for purchase in the Pine Valley pro shop. This wonderful book covers the full history of the club beginning with the construction of the golf course and bringing us all the way up to the start of the 21st century. Everything is covered from various competitive play events to the legendary stories of both ordinary and great golfers finding despair and heartbreak More >

This Golfing Life

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by Michael Bamberger I was surprised that had never heard of this book when a friend recommended it to me a few months ago. What made my ignorance all the more surprising (at least, surprising to me) is that when I opened the book to the front page I saw that it was dedicated to someone I know! What a small world golf can be. So, I had a trip to the Dominican Republic planned and I decided to save this book for the flight which turned out to be More >

Golf Heaven: Insiders Remember Their First Trip to Augusta National Golf Club

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
This book is a fun look at Augusta National Golf Club. Everyone who has ever played golf knows that Augusta National is hallowed ground and those who are fortunate enough to visit the club, either to see The Masters or to actually play the course, are among the luckiest golfers alive. The book is broken into two sections with the first being a history of the course and the magnificent tournament played there each April, The Masters. The second part of the book contains stories from a handful of golfers More >

The Immortal Bobby: Bobby Jones and the Golden Age of Golf

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by Ron Rapoport The legend of Bobby Jones has been told many times over, but I have never quite seen it as well done as in this book. This detailed biography is a remarkable tale of a life that was wonderfully enriched by the great game of golf. Starting with childhood stories from East Lake Golf Cluband continuing through the amazing 1930 Grand Slam and on into his later years, Rapoport covers all the major periods of Jones' life with storytelling expertise. Rapoport's meticulous research of Jones' life allows him More >

The Match: The Day The Game Of Golf Changed Forever

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by Mark Frost In honor of yesterday's recreation of the famed 1956 big money match between Byron Nelson/Ben Hogan and Ken Venturi/Harvie Ward I thought I'd put up a review of this fantastic piece of literature. I first read this book on the plane flying to the Monterey Peninsula for a trip that was to include a game at the glorious Cypress Point. The book chronicles an 18 hole match between the two professionals who were past their prime and the two amateurs who were among the hottest up and More >

Perry Maxwell’s Prairie Dunes

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
by Mal Elliott Prairie Dunes is one of my favorite courses and one that I personally believe is slightly underrated at its current spot of #25 on the Golf Digest 100 Greatest list. I've had the good fortune to have visited this club twice and made six loops around this fantastic golf course. On my first trip I purchased the official club history book and only recently discovered this excellent publication by Mal Elliott. Elliott's book starts with a detailed history of the club that includes biographical information on Perry More >

Caddy For Life – The Bruce Edwards Story

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by John Feinstein In 1973 a 19 year old kid named Bruce Edwards got an incredibly lucky break when he picked up the bag of the soon to be great Tom Watson. That year marked the beginning of a wonderful partnership that spanned 30 years and yielded multiple major championship victories. This biography chronicles one of the greatest caddy careers there has ever been from its inception to its sudden and tragic end in 2004 when Bruce lost his fight with Lou Gehrig's disease. Told from inside the ropes, this More >

Brassies, Mashies, & Bootleg Scotch: Growing Up on America’s First Heroic Golf Course

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by Bill Kilpatrick This is a different sort of golf book. It's not about golf itself or any specific golf course per se, but is an interesting collection of stories with National Golf Links of America as the backdrop. Bill Kilpatrick's father was a skilled and respected greenkeeper back when golf was just beginning to pick up momentum in the United States who landed a job caring for C.B. Macdonald's masterpiece National Golf Links. Bill's family lived on the grounds at National and as a young boy he entertained himself More >

The Story of Seminole

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by James Dodson I love a good club history book and The Story of Seminole is one of the best I've seen. This book is loaded with club history as well as incredible golf course photos. Truly a top notch golf publication. It is a wonderful addition to any golf book collection. This book has never been offered to the public so it can be very difficult to find and usually quite pricey. In my opinion it's worth every penny. More >

Classic Shots: The Greatest Images from the United States Golf Association

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by Marty Parks Loaded with classic golf photographs. From C.B. Macdonald, Bobby Jones and Babe Zaharias to Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Michelle Wie this book presents a photographic history of golf. Many of the old photos were taken at the historic old courses we revere so much today. Merion Golf Club, Interlachen, Cypress Point . . . you will find them all here somewhere. Great for any golf book collection and a great coffee table book. More >