ONCE UPON A TIME,A MAN FINALLY STARTEDREADING GOLF FICTION...
Golf Monthly|October 2021
Golf novels are some of the best ‘couldn’t-putit-down’books you’ll ever read – in any genre.Who knew? Here are ten crackers to check out
RICHARD RUSSELL

Who doesn’t like a good golf book? Swing instruction; the mental game; biographies; 100 Courses You Must Play Before Your Knees Give Out – they’re all good. But golf fiction? I’d never seen the appeal (apart from the glorious PG Wodehouse).

But then I stumbled across a book called Open Links and it was a revelation. So, I thought I’d see what else was out there.

Here are ten books that will have you hooked. If like me, you’re new to this world, then I think you’re about to discover your new favorite book genre.

The Amateurs by John Niven

The golf novel that’s got it all. An outrageous tale of an ordinary guy who gets hit on the head by a golf ball and finds that he now has a perfect swing. His unlikely journey to The Open is intertwined with a bunch of other miscreants – an unhappy wife, a ne’er-do-well brother, a local crime lord, and The Carpet King of Scotland. Throughout, Niven gets the golf absolutely right– believable, yet surprising and satisfying. Unmissable.

Missing Links by Rick Reilly

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