Every golfer alive knows that he or she has two ancestral homes: one's own, and Scotland. On her rolling shores the game of golf had its origins, and to walk the links of St. Andrews is to feel at one with the shepherd who decided one day to see how far he could whack a stone with his crook. Most serious golfers will make the pilgrimage to Scotland, to try to hit the Postage Stamp green at Troon, to trace the footsteps of Ben Hogan at Carnoustie, and to brave the challenge of the Road Hole at St. Andrews; all golfers dream of taking such a trip. For the tourist or the dreamer, there can be no better guide than James W. Finegan. A passionate advocate of the game that's played on the links between land and sea, Finegan combines a writer's eye, a historian's knowledge, and a golfer's sense of wonder and apprehension to provide an impossibly ambitious grand tour of golf's native land. In a loop of a thousand miles that begins in Edinburgh and ends across the Firth of Forth in St. Andrews, Finegan covers some sixty courses, visiting the true shrines of the game, the courses that are well known and respected, and the little-known gems you might otherwise pass right by. He shares the history of the courses, both of their creation and of the most famous matches played there; he also writes marvelously about the scenic and strategic charms to be found as you play them yourself. And he provides all the information you need to make your arrangements to do just that -- because, unlike most championship courses in the United States, the great courses of Scotland are available to the public. In addition to his delightful descriptions of the golf to be found there, Finegan gives us his recommendations for places to stay, ranging from the most modest bed-and-breakfast to the most magnificent castle hotel. He describes the pleasures to be found off the beaten track: the spectacular views from a country road, or the ancient cathedral that's worth a stop on the way to the first tee. And because all the travel within the country is done by car, he spells out the actual routes from town to town and course to course. Blasted Heaths and Blessed Greens is a book to be read, to be savored, and to be tucked away in your suitcase when you finally undertake the journey of your dreams.
In a loop of a thousand miles that begins in Edinburgh and ends across the Firth of Forth in St. Andrews, Finegan covers some sixty courses, visiting the true shrines of the game, the courses that are well known and respected, and the little-known gems you might otherwise pass right by. He shares the history of the courses, both of their creation and of the most famous matches played there; he also writes marvelously about the scenic and strategic charms to be found as you play them yourself. And he provides all the information you need to make your arrangements to do just that -- because, unlike most championship courses in the United States, the great courses of Scotland are available to the public. In addition to his delightful descriptions of the golf to be found there, Finegan gives us his recommendations for places to stay, ranging from the most modest bed-and-breakfast to the most magnificent castle hotel. He describes the pleasures to be found off the beaten track: the spectacular views from a country road, or the ancient cathedral that's worth a stop on the way to the first tee. And because all the travel within the country is done by car, he spells out the actual routes from town to town and course to course.
The Scottish Golf Book
Author: Malcolm Campbell, Glyn Satterley
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Golf is a Scottish game. It has been played by the Scots for centuries, and Scotland is its spiritual and cultural home. This is a book devoted to one nation's devotion to a game of stick and ball which today casts its enchantment over the entire world. The beginnings of golf and its early development are shrouded in mystery and are part fact and part fable. The Scottish Golf Book separates one from the other as it traces the early history of golf to the multimillion-dollar, worldwide obsession it has become today. Images from the earliest days of Scottish photography recall titanic battles between the early superstars of the game, while the modern lens takes the reader on a spectacular and magical journey around the historic, the classic, and the hidden treasures of Scotland's finest courses.
Describes the history of more than fifty Irish golf courses and the famous matches which took place there, and offers suggestions for golfing vacation tours and accommodations.
Author: Andrew Greig
A memoir of recovery by a Scottish novelist, poet, and golfer describes how he nearly lost his life before a last-ditch operation, his inspiration to resume playing golf after a more than three-decade hiatus, and his visits to renowned courses on the Orkney Islands and St. Andrews. 15,000 first printing.
Lowe takes us along the rugged eastern coast, from St. Andrews up to Montrose and Cruden Bay and Royal Aberdeen, "from heather, whin and sand, to points north," to Nairn and Dornoch. Then to the west coast, to Prestwick and Troon. It's not only the courses themselves that Lowe illuminates along the way, but the winding roads, the ancient villages, the farms and whiskey distilleries, and the people who call this land their home as well. Each step of his pilgrimage is given its due.
Every golfer dreams of making a pilgrimage to the British Isles, and it sometimes seems as though every golfer is in fact making that pilgrimage, especially when you're trying to book a tee time. The legendary courses of Scotland and Ireland are magnificent shrines, but their fame has obscured the greatness of the golf to be found all across the landscape of England and Wales. From the heathland in the north and center to the linksland on the coasts, England and Wales present an extraordinary variety of great golf experiences. In All Courses Great and Small, James W. Finegan treats the reader to a countries-wide survey of these golfing delights -- some famous, like the Open Championship venues of Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and Royal St. George's; some well known, like Sunningdale, Wentworth, and The Belfry; and some gems that have long been hidden in plain sight, like The Addington (in suburban London) or Southport & Ainsdale (not ten minutes from Royal Birkdale). There are as many outstanding courses in England and Wales as there are in Scotland and Ireland combined, a shocking fact that is easily explained: While Scotland has 5.2 million people and 550 golf courses, and Ireland has 3.5 million people and 400 courses, England and Wales have 50 million people and more than 2,000 courses. Finegan provides a charming guide to the courses and the towns, the inns and the eateries to be found along the way. He highlights the best of the not quite four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire; gives advice about lunch after your round at Sandwich; raises a cup of grog at Gog Magog; and tackles the playing and pronouncing problems posed by Pwllheli. He gives full due to the best-known places such as Rye, Wentworth, Hoylake, and the royals, but he also declares such lesser-known treasures as St. Enodoc, Silloth-on-Solway, Southerndown, and Pennard to be every bit as worthy of your time and attention. His books on the courses of Scotland and Ireland, Blasted Heaths and Blessed Greens and Emerald Fairways and Foam-Flecked Seas, have become invaluable companions to thousands of travelers; All Courses Great and Small is an irresistible and even more essential addition to the touring golfer's shelf and suitcase.
A Season in Dornoch
Author: Lorne Rubenstein
Publisher: Citadel Press
Golf's Greatest Moments
Author: Robert Sidorsky
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Collects writings about golf, including contributions from great writers, humorists, and essayists, including Thomas Boswell and George Plimpton, as well as historic action shots, posters, paintings, and magazine covers.
Golf in Scotland
Author: Bob Jones, Anne Jones
GOLF IN SCOTLAND: The Hidden Gems is a completely revised edition of Scotland's Hidden Gems: Golf Courses and Pubs (2005). The revision include more than 30 new golf courses, many new pubs, eateries and attractions, and includes suggested B&Bs and Guest Houses throughout Scotland. Golf courses descriptions include details of the course, amenities, comments about history and selected holes, and many include comments directed toward lady golfers. Pubs, restaurants, and tearooms are organized in relation to nearby golf courses, as are B&Bs and attractions.
Golf in Scotland
Author: Allan McAllister Ferguson
Golf in Scotland is designed to help travelers plan affordable, informed golf trips to Scotland. Seven chapters offer advice on when to go, where to go, air travel, rental cars, lodging, and other travel decisions. St. Andrews receives special attention in its own chapter. Extensive descriptions of seventy-four Scottish courses and their settings include complete contact and booking information. Seven new Scottish courses are reviewed in this fourth edition of a book many consider the “bible” of Scottish golf travel. Appendices include a “Golf-Readiness Checklist,” a compendium of useful websites, and a bibliography for further reading. Fully indexed for subject searching.
Where Golf is Great
Author: James W. Finegan, Laurence Casey Lambrecht, Tim Thompson
Publisher: Artisan Publishers
A richly illustrated odyssey to some of the finest golf courses of Scotland and Ireland journeys to such famed links as St. Andrews, Gleneagles, Ballybunion, and Royal Country Down, in a volume that features 750 full-color photographs, detailed descriptions of the courses, and information on nearby lodgings, eateries, landmarks, and sightseeing opportunities.
Profiles of caddies and anecdotes from over two hundred years of golf present the history and lore of the first golf course
While fishing off Montauk Point in the autumn, Peter Kaminsky watched the moon rise and as it did, an acre of silver-sided striped bass came to the surface of the sea. Acting on the advice of another angler, Zane Grey, who said "Some dreams, even those of a fisherman, come true," the author took a month off from harried city life and flyfished every day in the midst of the world's greatest wildlife migration: the parade of fish and whales, butterflies and birds past Montauk Point. This is the story of a man's love affair with Montauk in the fall, after the crowds and celebrities have left eastern Long Island. It is the story of an ocean teeming with life, and the people drawn to it: obsessed anglers, jealous guides, dedicated scientists, and the local people who have lived off the bounty of these waters for generations. But above all it is a story of a man's basic love of people and nature, one that will appeal to the many fans of Kaminsky's "Outdoors" column in the New York Times, and his frequent work in Food & Wine, as well as anyone hungering for fine writing.
To the Linksland
Author: Michael Bamberger
Re-released with a new afterword by the author, the story of the author's tour of European courses recounts how he quit a sports writing job in 1991 and strove to revive his stagnated game at the side of his wife, a journey during which he caddied on some of the world's oldest courses for players who gave him valuable game insights. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.