My 10 best golf books for Christmas
This is a short pre-Christmas blog to help you choose a last-minute gift for Christmas. I am proud to admit that I am a golf book expert, having read over 600. Born and bred in Scotland, my love of golf is slightly inevitable and I love reading about it too. Golf lends itself to stories and tales of celebration and woe. From history to comedy and from amateur to professional, there are plenty of golf books out there!
There are seven days left, what should I buy Uncle Jack and Auntie Annika? In no particular order –
(Possibly) The Best Vacation Ever by James C. Coomer
Jim’s book is a delightfully descriptive book about his golf holiday in Scotland, from the golf courses to the people. If you are thinking about a golf holiday in Scotland, then start here.
The Carnoustie Story by Donald Ford
The Angus seaside town will welcome the Open again in 2018, but Donald’s book tells of its 16th century birth to the infamous van de Velde paddle. Donald’s beautiful photography and childhood memories shine through.
One Putt by Ken Brown
We’d all like to putt better. What is it, driving for show, putting for dough? Ex-European Tour and Ryder Cup stalwart, Brown simplifies the art of putting with his usual anecdotal wit and charm.
Jewel in the Glen by Ed Hodge
Ed grew up a couple of miles down the road from Gleneagles, he even caddied there in his spare time. This is the perfect accompaniment to last year’s Ryder Cup, with great images and text that befits such a special event and venue.
Preferred Lies by Andrew Grieg
Greig’s book can almost be described as the meaning of golf, or even the meaning of life. His reflections and muses are skilfully crafted into an entertaining book about golf in Scotland and what it means to him.
An American Caddie in St Andrews by Oliver Horovitz
It’s not every day that your caddie on the Old Course is a future Harvard student! Ollie spent a gap year caddying on the St Andrews links and his book is full of hilarious behind the scenes and candid observations about the Auld Grey Toon. He’s been caddying there recently too!
Men in Green by Michael Bamberger
Falling in love with the game in the 70s was lucky for Bamberger, a Golden Era as he recognises, with a selection of ‘Secret Legends’ and ‘Living Legends’. The book takes him on a tour to find out what they did then and what they are doing now.
Tommy’s Honour by Kevin Cook
This is quite simply, the history of Old and Young Tom Morris, the founding fathers of golf. Creators of modern day golf, they were today’s Woods and McIlroy. Amazingly talented, the book highlights the glory and the tragedy.
The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever by Mark Frost
The result of a wager between two wealthy gents, Frost describes the infamous millionaires foursome. Two of the best pros at the time, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson took on two of the great amateurs of their day at the wonderful Cypress Point Golf Club.
A Season in Dornoch by Lorne Rubenstein
Royal Dornoch is ‘the most fun I ever had playing golf’ according to Tom Watson. Accomplished golf writer, Rubenstein returns to Dornoch after a 20-year absence savouring the unique atmosphere, people and a golf course, which is hard to beat.
Hopefully, I have given you a broad selection of the books I have enjoyed the most. Put your feet up in front of the fire with a wee dram and picture yourself strolling down the 18th of the Old or maybe holing out on the 18th at a hidden gem such as Dalmunzie in the Scottish mountains.