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Miracle at Merion

Miracle at Merion

Posted on July 3rd, 2013


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.

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Roy: The 78 Year Old Champion

Posted on June 5th, 2013

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 Mr. 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

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18 in America  Dylan Dethier

18 In America

Posted on May 22nd, 2013

My parents have always been supportive of my hair-brained ideas, but I am absolutely positive that if 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.

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Loopers John Dunn

Loopers

Posted on May 15th, 2013

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 his new book Loopers is a collection of tales

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Golfs Finest Par Threes

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

Posted on May 1st, 2013

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.

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Augusta National & The Masters: A Photographer’s Scrapbook

Posted on April 10th, 2013

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 all the way up to the modern era this

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Fishers Island club book

The Fishers Island Club and its Golf Links

Posted on March 27th, 2013

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 of interest are some of the aerial photos taken

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

Posted on March 13th, 2013

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.

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The Golden Age of Golf Design

Posted on February 21st, 2013

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 shelf just recently. From what I see on Amazon

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Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach Golf Links: The Official History

Posted on February 13th, 2013

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 to buy it. Fun fact . . . Bill

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