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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Golf's Greatest Holes
Rob Smith talks to Paul McGinley about course design and his forthcoming TV series, where he plays some of the world’s best holes
Did Joe get his fairytale ending?
In the final part of Project Joe, we find out if this beginner golfer can achieve his goal of breaking 100
ONCE IN A LIFETIME TOKYO 202
Rory Sabbatini on his route to landing the most unlikely of silver medals in Tokyo and that fall-out with Tiger
HIT THE GROUND RUNNING
Bryson Dechambeau talks us through his unique approach to the pre-round warm-up
Stop Thinking Start Playing.
We meet golf mind coach Andy Morrison, a man finding great success with his new approach to the mental game
Will Europe's Solheim Cup triumph boost female participation?
Over the last decade, the biennial Solheim Cup match between Europe and the USA has consistently produced nail-biting drama and an exceptional display of competitive golf played with immense tenacity and pride.
MY GOAL IS TO BE THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD
Big-hitting Cameron Champ is one of the most talented 20-somethings in world golf, but he’s also passionate about combating social injustice and promoting diversity
AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE
Bill Elliott looks back on the USA’s dominant performance in the 43rd Ryder Cup and asks what Europe can do to ensure the biennial contest doesn’t become one-sided going forward
Play better this weekend!
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The importane of alignment
Alignment is one of the key basics for golf, but it’s really easy to get a little bit off. Poor alignment can affect your swing and prevent you getting the rewards you deserve from good shots.
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Home on the Greens
Golf-driven real estate is finally getting out of the rough.
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What Works For Me: Swim With The Shark
During his career, Greg Norman racked up 91 professional wins and spent 331 weeks atop the Official World Golf Ranking. On the green and in the boardroom, the Hall of Fame lives up to his nickname: The Shark. Here’s how he stays razor sharp.
2022 Volkswagen Golf R
Drifting a Volkswagen Golf is weird. Like, really weird. The Golf has long been a beacon of front-wheel drive—and FWD-based all-wheel-drive— excellence, but getting its rear to swing wide typically meant yanking a handbrake or getting hit by a dump truck.
The Call of Y'all
Longer days and warmer temperatures— combined with travel starting to feel more accessible—means the season is ripe for tennis getaways. Ready to get back into the swing of things? Pack your gear and point your compass towards one of these SOUTHERN STATES
RANCHO BERNARDO INN
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Golf in the Lowcountry
Place South Carolina’s Kiawah Island Golf Resort high on your must-play list.
A Florida Outing
Join in the popular pastime at The Concession Golf Club.
TIGER WOODS CRASH: HOW IT HAPPENED!
Why he wasn’t charged! What an eyewitness saw!