Books

Here are some wonderful books that we would like to personally recommend to you.


We have made it easy to buy these books by creating links through Amazon, which usually offers the best price and is a reliable and secure bookseller.

(We receive a small commission, which costs you nothing, and helps defray FineGolf’s expenses, but only if a book is bought directly through the links to Amazon from this website.)

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John Sutherland, royal dornoch,Read FineGolf’s review of ‘Golf Causerie’ edited by Robin Bargmann. The world’s golf publication of 2016.

 

Available from Royal Dornoch’s secretariat at rdgc@royaldornoch.com  £25 +p&p

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Read FineGolf’s review of  ‘Golf’ by John Pearson. Published by Shire Books 2013

 

To see Amazon’s best price click  Golf (Shire Library)

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Read FineGolf’s review  of Introductions by Bernard Darwin‘  by Dick Verinder.  He  offers a  special discount price to FineGolf readers at the end of the review.

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true links, Read FineGolf’s review of  ‘True Links‘  by George Peper and Malcolm Campbell

 

Check Amazon’s price: True Links: An Illustrated Guide to the Glories of the World’s 246 Links Courses

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real golf. nick park, eddie parkRead FineGolf’s review of  “Real Golf” by Eddie Park and Nick Park.

A collection of published, interesting and astutely written articles by Eddie Park and his son Nick, who publicised in the 1980s, alongside Jim Arthur, the threat to our heritage of the ‘fine running game’ by the invasion of ‘target’ golf from America.

To see Amazon’s price offer click here :-  Real Golf

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golf illustrated magazine, finest golf courses, finegolfGolf Illustrated has been relaunched as a glossy quarterly and will be loved by friends of FineGolf.

 

CLICK HERE to read FineGolf’s featured review which concludes ” Golf Illustrated is a welcome new addition to the FineGolf trend”

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Bobby jones, Steven reid, Steven Reid, Royal Lytham & St Anne’s historian, has written another book, bringing to life the character and genius of Bobby Jones.

 

Click here to read FineGolf’s book review

Click here for Amazon’s best price.  Bobby’s Open: Mr. Jones and the Golf Shot That Defined a Legend

 

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Spirit of st andrews, alister mackenzie, finest golf courses As “The Spirit of St Andrews”  central theme, Dr Alister Mackenzie, (some say the greatest golf architect), describes how in his view St Andrews Old is the finest course in the world, so taking a definitive stand on one of the oldest argument in golf.

Click here to read FineGolf’s book review

Click here for Amazon’s best price The spirit of St Andrews

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St Andrews: The Home of FineGolf“Controversy continues to rage over the design of the Old Course, with Henry Lord and Oliver Gregory capturing the spirit of St Andrews as the Home of Fine Golf.

Kevin Murray‘s outstanding photography of the various clubs and courses adds colour to this exquisite portrayal of a special town that epitomises all that is best in the fine game.”

To see Amazon’s price offer click here:-St Andrews: The Home of FineGolf

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Preferred liesPreferred Lies, a journey to the heart of golf”  by Andrew Greig.

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

Click here to read a review by John Harris, a member of FineGolf’s Advisory Panel.

To see Amazon’s price offer click here:- Preferred Lies

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masters of design

“Masters of Design” by Henry Lord and Peter Pugh, published Autumn 2009

Harry Colt and his Associates Mackenzie, Alison & Morrison have had a greater impact on the design of fine golf courses than anyone else. This is a beautiful coffee-table book giving the history of their influential and successful work. A follow-up to “Creating Classics”.

To see Amazon’s price offer click here:-Masters of Design

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Practical Greenkeeping, jim arthurThis is the bible of greenkeeping by Jim Arthur.

An amazingly enjoyable and humorous read for golfers as well as greenkeepers. He knew more about greenkeeping than anyone else and helped defend ‘fine’ courses from the invasion of ‘target’ golf  from America. Click here to read introduction.

To see Amazon’s price offer click here:- Practical Greenkeeping

 

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"Classic golf links of GB and Ireland" by Donald Steel.“Classic golf links of GB and Ireland” by Donald Steel.

Donald’s beautiful descriptive writing about 75 of the finest links courses in Great Britain and Ireland with Brian Morgan’s incredible photography.

To see Amazon’s price offer click here :- Classic Golf Links of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

 

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A Natural Course for Golf,Malcolm Peake” A Natural Course for Golf” by Malcolm Peake

Compiled and edited by Malcolm Peake.  A collection of fascinating essays by the leading members  of the golf industry around the theme of ‘fine’ golf and course management.  A unique inside picture to ‘fine golf’s challenge.

To see Amazon’s price offer click here :- A Natural Course for Golf

 

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Confessions of a chairman of green, malcolm peake” Confessions of  a chairman of green” by Malcolm Peake

Desired reading for all green committee members. An easy reading booklet illustrating the challenge of renovating Temple GC back to a ‘fine’ environment by their chairman of green, Malcolm Peake.

This booklet is available from the STRI website

 

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World atlas of golf,Mark Rowlinson“World atlas of golf” by Mark Rowlinson

The great courses of architectural brilliance or simply historical importance in the world are profiled. Beautifully designed and illustrated, it is a tribute to golf that every lover of the ‘fine’ game will wish to own.

To see Amazon’s price offer click here :- World Atlas of Golf

 

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Scotland's golf courses,Robert Price.

“Scotland’s golf courses” by Robert Price.

Scholarly description and explanation of the landscapes and geological formations of all of Scotland’s golf courses in their historical and geographical context. Learn what Linksland is!

To see Amazon’s price offer click here :- Scotland’s Golf Courses: History and Landscape

 

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18 greatest scottish golf holes18 greatest Scottish golf holes .  Craig Morrison’s and Andrew Ross’s very high quality ‘coffee table’ book, illustrated with John Kernick’s illuminating photography, is a real collector’s masterpiece that should be enjoyed with a wee dram while seated beside a roaring open fire on a winter’s evening.

Click here to read FineGolf’s review

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the view from the ladies tee“The view from the ladies tee” by Peggy Strachan.

Tales of love, laughter and tears on the golf course.  An amusing insight into women’s golf by an American turned British.

To see Amazon’s price offer click here :- The View from the Ladies Tees

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Reader Comments

On May 9th, 2010 Robert Cleisham Said:

I can recomend jim arthur’s (practical greenkeeping) I purchased this book during a degree in sports turf science and became totaly hooked on his methods and reasoning behind good greenkeeping. I have since become head greenkeeper with two different clubs in that time and the first was transformed within two years of applying his methods and the second is in its first season. It is sometimes called the bible of greenkeeping that is as true a statment as you can put on it. if we all follow these traditional practices our countries golfing heritage can be saved. a worthy purchase for any greenkeeper or chairman of the greens!!!

On March 21st, 2013 jack dezieck Said:

Always enjoy the newsletter and I look forward to a couple of days at the Dormy at Formby and three days at the Dormy at Royal Lytham this spring. Thanks for interesting information and insights. Jack D

On June 26th, 2013 Brian Morgan Said:

Thanks for the mention re Classic Links with Donald