Royal Ottawa Golf Club 1981-1991
Robert Marjoribanks © 1992
Price: $unknown (Out of Print)
The Royal Ottawa Golf Club has long been a prestigious golf club in the Ottawa area even though the club is actual located on the east side of the Ottawa River in Quebec.
Reading Royal Ottawa Golf Club 1891-1991 brought back childhood memories of hearing the name, Eric Kaufmanis, often mentioned on the radio during golf season for winning some local event or another. I believe Eric still holds the course record of 62 at the Royal Ottawa. As well, it seems every golf club of this vintage has had a fire that destroyed the clubhouse. The Royal Ottawa is no different.
This book is well written and should spur the interest of any past or present member, or any other local Ottawa golf enthusiast for that matter. However, don't expect to easily find a copy of this out of print book.
James Ross © 2015
Price: $5.01 (Kindle Edition on Amazon.ca)
Shari's Shot takes on two storylines. While Shari Daniels-Donnelly is involved in a murder investigation she also earns a fluke chance to win $1 million by shooting a sub-handicap round of golf. Shari's self-centred life leads her through the launch of a divorce, a wedding for her daughter, a tumultuous love interest, and all while being accused of a number of crimes.
Shari Daniels-Donnelly is one hateful person. She's everything I dislike and whatever bad happens to her, she probably deserves. I wondered how her husband, Tyler Cy Donnelly, could put up with her adulterous ways. In the end I wasn't sure which storyline I was more interested in. Did I want Shari to be put behind bars or did I want her to win, or fail, at the $1 million shoot-out?
James Ross has created an interesting plot that will interest both mystery readers and golf nuts alike. This is his 6th book based around the Prairie Winds Golf Course.
Shave 10 Strokes in 12 Days
Sandy LaBauve © 1994
Price: $3.49 (BookCloseouts.ca)
The book seems a little outdated and as far as writing technique although the lessons and practice drills will never grow old. The Reference Sheets are quick tools for reminders to novice golfers. Although the photos are in black and white they still deliver their message.
Shave 10 Strokes in 12 Days is focused as a woman's guide to successful golf. This book would probably be beneficial for someone who has taken a few lessons and played a few rounds of golf and then picked the book as a refresher tool. And any one who golfs in triple digits would probably gain some assistance by reading this book.
Smash & Carve Golf: The Art of Ball Striking
Scott Minni © 1999
Price: $1.80 (Chapters.ca)
Smash & Carve Golf is yet another, or should I say, "the same" approach as hundreds of other instructional golf books. Although small in size, a mere 88 pages, the book is printed of expensive glossy paper using very small print making reading difficult under certain lighting conditions. For such high quality of paper I would expect colored pictures. The content throughout is entirely in black and white and many of the images are too small.
Scott Minni's book is not well aimed at beginners in my opinion although the cover of the book says it is for "beginners and experienced players alike". I believe a beginner would have a hard time understanding the terms, positioning, and images used.
Scott's career achievements is quite impressive. However, I think his teaching methods are greatly lost on paper. The best part of this book is the 5 page introduction tribute to Ben Hogan.
Same book, different words and pictures. No wonder I picked it up for a $1.80.
Spectacular Golf Ontario
Pinache Partners Canada Ltd. © 2013
Price: $39.71 (Chapters.ca)
Spectacular Golf Ontario is a nice addition to a coffee table. The format shows a photo of a hole on the left side of the page and a brief description about the golf course (or hole) on the right. The format is much to my liking but there seems to be a lack in coordination of the contents. The courses are not in alphabetical order while some courses have more than one hole to their credit but are not collectively together. The book showcases 65 courses and over 100 signature holes from across the province of Ontario.
Unique with this book comes a $50 green fee card but I'm not sure how this works or at which courses the card can be used as I borrowed Spectacular Golf Ontario from my local library. The $50 credit could be the way of the future for selling books.
Sports Illustrated: The Golf Book
Time Inc. © 1999
Price: $19.99 (Costco)
The Sports Illustrated Golf Book is a collection of golf photos and articles selected from the life of the Sports Illustrated publication. I'd estimate that there is one page of text for every six pages of photos. Photos vary from famous figures in black and white to modern day PGA and LPGA professionals. All photos are full page.
I found some of the articles quite interested while a few simply felt more like page fillers. The photos are excellent quality and the large 12"x11" pages show a lot of detail. However, this isn't the kind of book that has any staying power. I'd suggest looking this one up at your local library for a read.
Teach Yourself VISUALLY "Golf"
Cheryl Anderson, Brian A. Crowell, & Tom Mackin © 2007
Price: $16.92 (Chapters.ca)
Back to basics.
Teach Yourself VISUALLY "Golf" is a book for the novice golfer. The book consists of 11 chapters steering you through all aspects of the game. Starting with "An Introduction to Golf" which features the history, tournaments, and legendary players, we progress through equipment, the grip, irons, driving, etc. Mixed through each chapter are 'Tips' that add some valued content to the topic. Basic rules are covered but do not go in to great detail. One brief section does cover golf etiquette which many golf learning books fail to provide.
The pictures are clean and sharp and there are lots of them. Teach Yourself VISUALLY "Golf" would be a great gift for someone to read before ever stepping on a golf course or holding a club. For the regular golfer there is little value found between the covers.
Sherrie Daly © 2011
Price: $18.17 (Chapters.ca)
What I guess is supposed to be a book that gets even with John Daly left me concluding that this was one screwed up couple. I already knew that lovable John Daly was once a great golfer who threw away a promising career by partying and carousing so there really wasn't many new discoveries between the covers of this book. And after reading the many episodes of John Daly's abnormal behavior I constantly wondered why Sherrie Daly never left the marriage earlier.
Teed Off is a light read that makes both Sherrie Daly and John Daly look like lunatics. It never ceases to amaze me how why the real world rewards some people with fame and fortune while the rest of us work for a living.
The 3-Degree Putting Solution
Michael Breed © 2011
Price: $18.81 (Chapters.ca)
This is probably the best book on putting I have ever read. The theories presented are backed by scientific fact which means more to me than just hearing someone talk about putting. This is more than a "what I do" book.
The 3-Degree Putting Solution has a very methodical approach. It starts with putting in the early morning and what Michael discovering while putting on the dew. Next we step into the grip, the stroke, why we should have negative loft on a putt, speed, reading the greens, and "Good-bye Mr. Yips". There are some excellent practive drills outlined in the final chapter.
Michael Breed is known as being the host of The Golf Fix on Golf Channel. His fast-paced show offers a lot of content and his no frills presentation makes it one of my favourite watches.
The Anatomy of a Golf Course
Tom Doak © 1992
Price: $13.68 (Chapters.ca)
If you've ever been interested is understanding what goes in to the design and development of a golf course then pick up a copy of The Anatomy of a Golf Course. Every golfer feels that they can design a course or make an existing one better. Do you really believe that? I did. I thought I could easily design a golf course given a decent piece of land. But, after reading this book, I don't believe I'd ever want to take up the challenge.
The Anatomy of a Golf Course covers just about every facet of a golf course. From routing the course, aesthetics, fair play, greens, tees, fairways, rough, bunkers... Well, you get the picture. There's a lot of though that goes in to a golf course beside just money. The Anatomy of a Golf Course is extremely well written. It's not a long read at just over 200 pages but the content is superb. Don't expect to see this one on any best seller list but expect to see it on any avid golfers.
Tom Doak learned golf course design from working with Pete Dye and is now a highly regarded course architect himself.
The Art of the Short Game
Stan Utley © 2007
Price: $19.44 (Chapters.ca)
The Art of the Short Game focuses on the weakest part of my game and does it with great success. The book provides advice on equipment and which club is right for which shot. The photos are appropriate for the content and every facet of the short game is explained. Useful drills close out the book.
I'm not one that enjoys reading an instructional book but The Art of the Short Game may help in what ails me. It's a pleasant read with a great deal of content that will take time to absorb and implement.
Problems with your short game? Stan Utley's book is a good stepping stone to solving your woes.
The Back Nine
Billy Mott © 2007
Price: $10.89 (Amazon.ca)
The Back Nine is an entertaining read about a caddie, Charlie McLeod, who loves the game of golf but at a very young age damaged his arm and has been unable to play since. As the story goes, Charlie finds out that over the years his arm has healed to a point where he is able to play on the Monday's when caddies are allowed to play the course. Other caddie's take note of Charlie's smooth swing and control of the clubs. So much so they invest all they have in a one on one challenge pitting Charlie against a local rival. Telling you any more would simply ruin a good book.
Not often do I find a fictional golf story that has any clout. The Back Nine can sit up on the self beside The Legend of Bagger Vance and The Greatest Game Ever Played and not look out of place.
The Best Bargains in Golf
Ted Wilson © 2004
Price: $3.79 (Chapters.ca)
If you're planning an inexpensive golf trip anywhere in Canada and the United States then The Best Bargains in Golf might be a worthy purchase. The book is basically an encyclopedia guide to budget golf courses that can be played for under $50. Courses and trips of value are flagged but descriptions (there are over 1250) are summed in so few words that the writing has next to no value. The book contains some nice photographs but many have nothing to do with golf.
Although the book came at a bargain price I really can't say it is a bargain to buy. A good sized book with next to no reading value.
The Best Golf Tips Ever
Nick Wright © 2003
Price: $14.40 (Chapters.ca)
I've been looking for a book that contained short, snappy golf tips as I thought such a book would be a very valuable resource. The Best Golf Tips Ever contains many tips. So many in fact that some are repeated (more than once) and others suggest opposite of a previous tip. Such is the case with leaving the pin in or pulling the pin when confronted with a close chip. Another is to "practice 4 foot putts before a game", while another says, "practice long putts to get your weight". Which is it? I'm now of the opinion that too many tips in one book isn't such a good idea. Especially if the tips are from more than one person.
Mixed between the tips is on-course analysis of famous golf holes from around the world and a player profile. These pages provide a breather to allow you to absorb some of content before you move on to another chapter. Tips are sorted into 18 chapters starting with equipment and moving on through various positions of play on the course. All aspects of play are covered including the mental game, course management, and practicing.
The layout of the book is excellent. However, I now have mixed feeling about the value of too many tips. Too much solutions when I only need one.
The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods
Hank Haney © 2012
Price: $19.44 (Chapters.ca)
I'm not quite sure what all the hype was about this book. The moment The Big Miss hit the shelves there were people saying that Hank Haney had gone too far. I found the book to be written in very good taste and it appeared that every effort was taken to go lightly on facts that could really hurt or cause some awkward meeting between Hank and Tiger in the future. If the book were written about me, I think I would be grateful.
The Big Miss focuses and Hank Haney's years of coaching Tiger Woods. Hank does some statistical comparisons between himself and Butch Harmon but I find this has little value because the coaching was done at a different time in Tiger's career. I get the impression Hank needs to identify that his teaching techniques helped, rather than hurt, Tiger's success during his period of coaching. Hank also throws a few shots at Sean Foley but it appears to be in response to comments that Sean directed at Hank.
The Case of the Missing Links
Lee Tyler © 1999
Price: $10.93 (Chapters.ca)
I read Lee Tyler's latest book, The Teed-Off Ghost, and enjoyed her writing style so I thought I'd try on of her earlier novels.
The Case of the Missing Links features the same characters as The Teed-Off Ghost but is a much more believable story. The plans for a new golf course have gone missing and June Jacobs and Harry Winslow, two private investigators that specialize in golf mysteries, are brought in to find the design. A number of interesting characters work for Sheldon Moore III and every one hates Sheldon. Unlike most mysteries, The Case of the Missing Links ends with a murder (actually more than one) and, although not surprising, there are many suspects.
It's a fun read for the golfer any mystery love.
The Fine Green Line
John Paul Newport © 2000
Price: $2.00 (Public Library)
John Paul Newport decided to take a year off and live the life on Golf's Mini-Tour Circuit. Like most of us passionate golfers we have lofty goals of what we'd like to achieve but not many of us take the chance and try to make our dreams come true. The Fine Green Line is a great example of what will probably be the outcome when you take a decent (but not great) golfer and put them under the pressure of trying to make a living on golf's minor circuit.
I enjoyed reading The Fine Green Line because I could see myself in John's footsteps throughout the book. I understand the frustration of trying to succeed when the skill set isn't there. Humiliation can saddle us all. And I'm certainly glad to see that John Paul Newport has a writing career awaiting him after golf.
The Golf Book
Chris Millard © 2014
Price: $38.56 (Chapters.ca)
So few good golf books hit the press in 2014 that I was beginning to wonder whether everything had been written about golf. The Golf Book happens to be an exception to my recent findings and is a worthy addition to a golfer's book collection. With the 20th anniversary of The Golf Channel, The Golf Book takes a look back at the best moments over the past 20 years. Think of all the great shots, great players, and great events that you've seen over the past 20 years and the subject is probably touched between these pages.
The hefty price tag may sway a few possible buyers but this 240 page treasury is definitely a keeper.
The Golf Rules Problem Solver
Steve Newell © 2005
Price: $12.06 (Chapters.ca)
The Golf Rules Problem Solver is a great book for a beginner or someone wanting to touch up on the basic rules of golf. Although thin in size (125 pages) and big in print, the book contains many precise pictures and does an excellent job of explaining the imposed book title.
Throughout the book you'll find highlighted "Problem Solver" and "Pro Tip" paragraphs. Problem Solvers state a real life situation submitted by a golfer who wishes clarity on a ruling. Pro Tips are suggestions or useful advice that will aid a golfer with help in a ruling or give advice so you don't create friction between playing company. Both greatly enhance the rule explanations.
Don't hesitate to pick this book up at bookstore or library. A rules refresher never hurt anyone.
The Golfer's Miscellany
Percy Huggins © 1970
Price: $2.00 (Public Library)
I picked up The Golfer's Miscellany as a used book at my local public library on a whim. Basically, the book contains golf tidbits, records, and statistics. Since the book was written in 1970 many of the records have long since been broken. I'm sure some substancial research went into the original writing and it's a shame there isn't an updated version. In it's current state the book has minor interest as any slightly knowledgeable golfer will quickly identify incorrect data based on the current records of golf.
I recommend the book for the collector only!
The Great Golf Courses of Canada
John Gordon © 1999
Price: $28.45 (Chapters.ca)
This book is the prequel to The Great New Golf Courses of Canada and follows much the same format. The Great Golf Courses of Canada doesn't cover as many provinces (only 7) but looks at more of the classic Canadian courses that are designed by classic architects, well established, and built a solid reputation.
Thirty-eight courses are contained in this volume, accompanied with glorious photos. Many Stanley Thompson courses appear (I count at least 7), along with other notable Canadian architects such as Les Furber and Thomas McBroom.
This book will probably be hard to find if you want to buy it as it was originally printed in 1990 but has since undergone a couple of facelifts. I guess a solid and true original book deserved doing another.
The Great New Golf Courses of Canada
John Gordon © 2006
Price: $21.62 (Chapters.ca)
The Great New Golf Courses of Canada takes a look at 34 of the best golf courses that were built since 1990. Each course has been treated to six pages of glorious photos and complimentary text describing both history and course details. Only the province of Manitoba lacks representation.
I'm happy to say that I have played three of these golf courses. The Rock, Legends on the Niagara, and Taboo are all identified as "Recommended Plays" by Golf in Canada and I assume the remaining 31 courses would all make the same grade. It would be nice to have a book such as this created a bit more frequently and include courses that have undergone major renovations.
A great book to plan a vacation around and don't be afraid to display this one in your living room for guests to flip through.
Mark Frost © 2007
Price: $18.87 (Amazon.ca)
In 1956, the famed caddie of Francis Ouimet, Eddie Lowery ("The Greatest Game Ever Played") made a bet with fellow millionaire George Coleman. Eddie bet that two of his employees, amateur champions Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi, could not be beaten in a best-ball match. Coleman took up the challenge and brought in the team of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, the games greatest living professionals.
The Match is a historic account of one of the greatest golf challenges between professional and amateur. Modern day amateurs are rarely a match for any professional but in days gone by this was not the case. The Match is a well crafted book and even after the story is told there's a great Afterward and Appendix that consumes over 50 pages that stands well on its own.
Who won The Match? I'm not going to saw. But I will tell you, "Fiction can't touch it."
The Mysterious Montague
Leigh Montville © 2008
Price: $18.81 (Chapters.ca)
It's hard to believe a character such as LaVerne Moore (aka. John Montague) truly existed. The Paul Bunyan-like tales that surround this colourful character of the 1930s are hard to imagine but this is what makes The Mysterious Montague so intriguing.
John Montague never played professional golf yet he was heralded as "the greatest golfer in the world". His feat of beating Bing Crosby (a 4 handicapper) with a fungo bat, shovel, and rake is something legends are made of. He could lift Oliver Hardy with one hand, knock a bird off a wire from 170 yards, and chip a ball across a room into a highball glass. He was know to have played golf with Howard Hughes, W.C. Fields, and Babe Ruth.
What made John Montague so mysterious? Throughout his life in Hollywood, John Montague refused to have his picture taken. When his picture finally did appear in Time magazine police from upstate New York returned home to face charges of armed robbery.
The Mysterious Montague was a delight to read and one character I can never get enough of.
The Old Man and the Tee
Turk Pipkin © 2006
Price: $5.97 (Wal-Mart)
Follow Turk Pipkin in his quest to shave 10 strokes from his game and break 80 at Pebble Beach. Over the course of the year he took lessons from David Leadbetter, putted with Ben Crenshaw, took notes from Byron Nelson, and chatted with Arnold Palmer. He plays 105 games, holed somewhere in the vicinity of twenty thousand putts, and, well, you get the idea.
The Old Man and the Tee is an enjoyable year long romp, filled with entertaining anecdotes featuring notable entertainers and celebrities. Turk's book has made me envious. I wish I had the time (and cash) to fulfill a dream such as the one he set out to accomplish. This well-written, well-crafted book, shows the passion and what extremes a true golf nut will journey to to reach his goal.
And does he reach his quest? I guess you'll just have to read the book.
Turk Pipkin has been a stand-up comedian and actor, appearing on The Sopranos, and in movies, The Alamo and Friday Night Lights.
The Ottawa Hunt Club: 75 Years of History 1908-1983
Eddie MacCabe © 1983
Price: $25.00 (Out of Print)
Having lived in Ottawa, Ontario for the past 50 years I discovered this out of print book in the local library.
The history of the Ottawa Hunt Club is not unlike many other membership-owned golf courses and to get the story in print in 1981, Eddie MacCabe, a popular local sports columnist, was asked by the Past Presidents to write a history of the club which would span 75 years of history.
As a member, this book would be a delight to read. But, as a non-member, I found the book difficult at times when details were discussed based on the hole number on the course. It would have been nice to have a course layout somewhere in the book.
I enjoyed reading about President Eisenhower's visit to the club in 1958 and the fire in 1962. Famous players to tee-it-up at the Hunt were Jack Nicklaus, Bob Hope, Arnold Palmer, Andy Williams, and Walter Hagen. A walk down memory lane is always enjoyable.
The Power of Positive Idiocy
David Feherty © 2010
Price: $20.06 (Chapters)
What a fun read. This David Feherty collection of writings from various Golf Magazine articles and online publications is a real treat. His no nonsense and nonsensical look at the game of golf is entertaining with every turn of the page. I especially like the "Feherty's Mailbag" sections to which replies to submitted letters can really have one laughing out loud. Too bad professional golf isn't approached in the same manner.
The Power of Positive Idiocy is one of those golf books to which you don't need to be a golfer to enjoy. A very entertaining read.
The Roar of the Butterflies
Reginald Hill © 2008
Price: $7.99 (Chapters)
Chris Porphyry has been accused of cheating during a playdown at the Royal Hoo Golf Club and PI Joe Sixsmith is hired get to the bottom of this allegation. Chris, a long ball hitter, cut the corner on the par 5-16th over Penley Farm to make up ground in a singles match. He heard his ball rattle against some trees. Surprisingly, his ball is found free of undergrowth and he finishes the hole with a birdie. After winning his match, Jimmy Postgate, owner of Penley Farm, walks into the clubhouse and states, "Here's the one you lost on the sixteenth, Chris." And the mystery is on.
This is my first time reading a Reginald Hill book and after having a taste of Joe Sixsmith I wouldn't hesitate on picking up another of the series.
The Seventh at St. Andrews
Scott Gummer © 2007
Price: $3.99 (Book Warehouse)
You have to really like golf to read a book about the building of a golf course. Previously I had read, reviewed, and thoroughly enjoyed Dream Golf: The Making of Bandon Dunes. On the other hand, The Seventh at St. Andrews (The Castle Course) just doesn't have the same flair or interest as the Bandon Dunes book did even though it is obvious that the course architect, David McLay Kidd, fulfilled a lifetime dream in building it. The people who helped Kidd build the Castle Course are a ragtag band to say the least but don't come through well in this book.
I'm sorry to say that The Seventh at St. Andrews lacks any drama or suspense. From my point of view, I would love to play the course as I have no doubt that the setting and history of everything associated with the Castle Course would be spectacular. But to briefly summarize the book I'd simply say, "A golf course was built."
I was rather amused that the authors bio quotes, "Scott Gummer is one dead body away from writing a murder mystery". This book could certainly have used a dead body.
The Slot Swing
Jim McLean © 2009
Price: $17.24 (Chapters.ca)
This is one of the finest technical books on the golf swing that I have ever read. The drawn illustrations do a nice job of explaining the swing specifics observed from various golf professionals (Miller Barber, Sergio Garcia, Sam Snead, Jim Furyk, Bruce Leitzke, and of course Tiger Woods). Some nice drills to tackle specific areas of the slot swing and found toward the end of the book.
The Slot Swing seems like something very difficult to learn on your own as observing the swing is required. For example, I have no idea which of the three slot swings my swing falls into; Standard, Reverse, or Single-Plane. Despite being one of the finest technical books the contents were way over my head. Looks like lessons for me.
One thing I found odd; the book never mentioned the grip.
Michael Bamberger & Alan Shipnuck © 2011
Price: $18.17 (Chapters.ca)
I've read a number of Michael Bamberger's books and quite enjoyed them but The Swinger enters a different genre. Quite frankly put, I was very disappointed.
The Swinger reads like a biography of Tiger Woods' career yet the main character, "Tree" Tremont, is the name used. Secondary characters are actual names of people you will most likely recognize (Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, etc.). While events in the book parallel Tiger Woods' career you'll find that they have all been twisted. Yes, there are affairs and golf victories, but the death of Tremont's mother affects his life much like the death of Tiger's father affected his.
I'm not sure what The Swinger is actually to be. Is it a biography? Is it a parody? It is definately a work of fiction and whatever the thought behind the book was to be it is a major failure in my mind. I didn't find anything funny about the book. I simply found myself trying to think of the events in Tiger Woods' career that matched the events that occur in The Swinger.
The Teed-Off Ghost
Lee Tyler © 2002
Price: $13.25 (Chapters)
It is quite obvious that The Teed-Off Ghost is a work of fiction from the moment the story begins to incorporate a ghost. What could have been a good mystery gets waylaid by a non-necessary character in Angus MacNeil, the ghost. Why the author decided to add unbelievability to the novel is only a question that the author can answer but from my perspective this character took away from a decent plot.
The Teed-Off Ghost is called a Hawaiian golf mystery. Included at the rear of the book is a glossary of Hawaiian words and there definition as you'll see many used throughout the pages. The live mainlander and islander characters are well defined. June Jacobs and Harry "Win" Winslow, are a pair of private investigators brought to Hawaii to help open a golf course, on time. Someone has been causing delays in the course construction and the highly anticipated wedding of professional golfer, Wally Wood, will be the opening attraction for the course.
There are so few fictional golf stories written that it's tough to be really critical when someone makes an effort to write one. The Teed-Off Ghost is a fun romp of mystery that could have been much better.
The Timeless Swing
Tom Watson © 2011
Price: $21.94 (Chapters.ca)
Plain and simple; this is a good book.
The Timeless Swing takes a look at a very basic golf swing from the basics of the three grips, the swing, ball control, simple exercises, and drills. The photos are both helpful and appropriate in teaching the fundamentals. And best of all, I learned something.
It's about time someone wrote a book that's understandable for all levels of players. Kudos for Tom Watson.
The Ultimate PGA Tour Book of Trivia
Mark Cubbedge © 2005
Price: $2.00 (Chapters.ca)
I think this book should be renamed to, "A Bunch of PGA Trivia That You Won't Know The Answers To". With more than 600 questions, The Ultimate PGA Tour Book of Trivia has a decent array of questions, the presentation is colorful, and the artwork is more than adequate. Too bad the content is largely uninteresting.
I'd consider myself to be someone who likes trivia, but this book was just not for me. In support of the book, the cover does state that the questions and answers will "separate the amateurs from the pros" and to that I would agree. Yes, I was able to answer some of the questions but often I'd run across one of which the answer was some person I had never heard of. I truly am an amateur if this book is any measuring stick.
Based on my assessment of the book I can see why it was had for $2.
The Ultimate Round
Terry Glaspey © 2004
Price: $5.99 (BookCloseOuts.com)
The Ultimate Round is another book that resembles a children's book in stature. Its 48 pages are made up of valuable quotes (most by golfing greats) and the "18 Holes for the Soul" are written to inspire. Each hole features a famous golfer and identifies a trait with an inspirational lesson that golf can teach us. Along the way you can also take a look at the records these champions have achieved. To add some glamour, every 2nd page contains marvelous golf artwork by Larry Dyke.
For being such a simple book it certainly contains some great lessons and quotes. It's a shame the book wasn't twice the cover size so it could be used as a coffee table book.
The Whole Golf Book
John MacIntyre © 2005
Price: $3.99 (Chapters)
The Whole Golf Book is crammed full of golf tidbits; from short bios on golf celebrities, history of famous courses, time lines, and tons of statistics. And there's still more. Gathering all the information found between the covers would be quite time consuming and the vast quantities on information give you the feeling that the author loves the game.
Probably the main reason this book can be had for a bargain is that statistics have a short shelf life. The Whole Golf Book stops at 2003 so any events one or records set beyond this year are excluded.
A decent book for the price, if you like statistics.
The World's Greatest Golf Courses On Google Earth
Alex Narey © 2013
Price: $19.99 (Chapters)
The World's Greatest Golf Courses On Google Earth provides in insight and layout to 30 of the world's greatest golf courses. I'm not sure how the golf courses were selected but I was surprised to find that not a single golf course from Canada were contained between the pages. As well, there were almost twice as many courses from Europe (13) than the United States (7).
The write up on each course was interesting as well as the Course Guide for each hole. Adding the Google aerial has very little value as any Internet user can easily view any of these courses with the use of Google Maps. Other attractive photos of signature holes fill the book.
Even at finding The World's Greatest Golf Courses On Google Earth in the Bargain Books at Chapters I was still leery of the price. It's a nice book to add to my shelves but it isn't a time consuming or thought provoking book to read.
A brief forward is written by Ernie Els.
The World's Greatest Golf Courses
Bob Weeks © 1998
Price: $12.24 (Chapters.ca)
The World's Greatest Golf Courses is very similar to in format to The Great New Golf Courses of Canada (also reviewed here). Although a different author and written 8 years previous to the aforementioned book, it can be a valued resource for trip planning. Sixty great golf courses of the World are identified with a concise description that'll get your golf juices flowing at any time of the year.
I'm not a big proponent of these kind of books (and there are many) as they seem like an excuse to publish for a buck. I do like looking at the photos as many capture the beauty of the golf course and surroundings. They are a quick read but can sometimes be costly. Look for these kind of books in the bargain bin as I can't imagine many of them being ravagingly popular.
Not many of us can afford to travel to exotic destinations to play golf but if you're one of the few I hope you can make it to all sixty of these delights.
These Guys Are Good
Various © 2005
Price: $1.00 (Public Library)
Don't be fooled by the posted price of $1.00. That's what I paid out of my local library bargain bin. The original cover price of $40US is highway robbery.
These Guys Are Good is a collection of decent golf photos of popular golfers with a spatter of text mixed in. Although the book is over 200 pages there's not a lot of body to arouse any sort of interest. Each of the five authors has contributed a chapter in the book and I sense that the contributors never consulted each other about the book. I can hear the words, "Let's get this thing published and make some money."
Frankly, I don't know why someone would publish this book. Tomorrow I'm donating the book back to the library so they can resell and make another dollar.
Think Like Tiger
John Andrisani © 2002
Price: $2.99 (BookCloseouts.com)
Think Like Tiger attempts to be "an anlysis of Tiger Woods' mental game" to which I feel it greatly fails. The book was a boring read and offered little to hold my interest. Describing some of Tiger's magical shots doesn't mean an average golfer can repeat them through "mental mastery". It also requires a great deal of skill obtained through years of practice and playing.
Think Like Tiger is 6 chapters and around 150 pages of fluff.
When Tiger Woods was in his heyday people couldn't get enough about him. Think Like Tiger was written during this period and strikes me as a book trying to profit from the hype of the time. The disclaimer on the back of the book states that the author "has not consulted with or sought the paricipation of Tiger Woods in its preparation". Who would really know but Tiger?
Tiger Woods Made Me Look Like a Genius
Don Crosby (with James Dale) © 2006
Price: $18.95 (Chapters.ca)
"Hi, my name is Don Crosby, and my job is to help you play as well as you can, as quickly as possible. That means making the most of the talent you've got. I'm not here to change your swing or teach you a weird grip or tell you to go out and buy a new set of expensive clubs. I'm here to lower your score to win matches. And one more thing: to make sure you have fun. If the game isn't fun - if it's a pain - you might as well play football without pads." - So starts one of the most enjoyable golf instruction books I've ever read.
After borrowing Tiger Woods Made Me Look Like a Genius from the local library I just had to own a copy. This book is right up my alley. I'm closing in on the age of 50, currently shot in the low 90s, and play the game for fun. Taking lessons would more than likely shave a few strokes from my golf game, but that isn't what I want out of golf. My intent is to enjoy the comradery and course scenery, all while getting some much needed exercise. I'm not going to win any major golf events, nor do I plan on competing at any point in my life.
Do I want to shot lower? Always. By taking lessons would I enjoy the game more? Doubtful. Therefore, I'll take my hard earned dollar and spend it on a round of golf rather then the lessons.
Don Crosby's book is probably the closest I'll ever come to taking a golf lesson. Not only does the book come with some simply ways to shave strokes off your game; the book mixes some pleasant anecdotes of Tiger Woods at a young age and why he is successful.
I'm now reading the book for the 2nd time and then I'm going to pass it along to family and friends. Tiger Woods Made Me Look Like a Genius is a must read for golfer's of any age and skill level.
Who is Don Crosby? Why he's Tiger Woods' high school golf coach.
Tiger: The Real Story
Steve Helling © 2010
Price: $20.03 (Amazon.ca)
It's amazing how quickly someone can write a book. Tiger: The Real Story seems right up-to-date with all the latest press releases of Tiger's discretions and rumors. However, I didn't find the book informed me of anything I didn't already know. I don't consider myself a major fan of Tiger Woods, but I do follow golf and, for a book that covers 272 pages, I can't say I discovered anything new or insightful about one of the greatest golfers in history. I got the impression the book was quickly written to capture the publics current interest of Tiger's misgivings.
If you're a fan of Tiger Woods then you'll want this book. If you're a non-fan of golf and know nothing about Tiger Woods but want to learn more, then you'll want this book. But if you're and avid golfer and follow the goings on of the PGA Tour then you may want to look at spending your money on some other golf accessory.
To the Linksland
Michael Bamberger © 1992
Price: $3.99 (Book Warehouse)
Some people go to extremes for the love of the game and Michael Bamberger shows what it takes to tell a good story. To the Linksland is one of those golf treasures that will never get old. I've never quite understood how someone can quit a decent job and take a chance of something remotely impossible to make a living at. At the time of the original writing there must have been one large hole in Michael Bamberger's life or this is what it takes to write a good book.
Michael starts out on the European Tour working for a little known North American professional named Peter Teravainen. The highs and lows of the Tour show what kind of a rollercoaster ride a struggling golfer (and caddie) go through in their career. After caddying in the Scottish Open, Michael stays behind and studies the origins of golf. He plays on some of the greatest courses, from the famed St. Andrew's to an obscure six-holer built by a shepherd, all to in an attempt to play the best golf of his life.
This book was originally published in 1992 but a second printing in 2005, with a new afterword, has kept this book alive. This is another must read.
Kevin Cook © 2008
Price: $3.99 (Book Warehouse)
Tommy's Honor is the story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, golf's founding father and son. Old Tom Morris was a pioneer of professional golf in the late 1800s and, paired with his son, it was said the two never lost a team match on even terms. Old Tom Morris worked as a greenkeeper, clubmaker, ballmaker, golf instructor, and course designer.
The book is a fictional writing based on fact. I have no idea about the accuracy of the events during a match but I'm guessing the author, Kevin Cook, made every effort to collect as much detail to record an accurate tale.
Tommy's Honor received a Best Book of the Year Award for 2007 from the United States Golf Association. It was also one of Sports Illustrated's best books of the same year.
Training A Tiger
Earl Woods (with Pete McDaniel) © 1997
Price: $2.00 (Public Library)
Earl Woods wrote Training A Tiger to describe how he trained a young Tiger Woods to become the golfer he is today. I got a bit of a chuckle when the first paragraph of the book started out with a dedication which quoted "sense of morality".
The book suggests training for young children using the learning order of putting, chipping, pitching, and full swing. The is a very sound beginning but, as a whole, the book provides very little value for an adult reader unless they have a child (I would say under the age of 13) who wishes to take up golf. Perhaps a training professional may get some value for practice techniques to spark an interest with young golfers as all the basics are covered. I saw little value in this book for a mature golfer.
One quote I did like in the book was, "There are no three putts, just bad first putts."
Trump: The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received
Donald Trump © 2005
Price: $4.99 (Chapters)
Every one has a nugget of advice about golf. From Arnold Palmer to Yogi Berra, The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received is a collection of short, typically one page, writings that not only helped the writers in golf but also in life. Don't expect this book to improve your score but do expect it to change your attitude toward the game. Many of the writings put the game into perspective and advise you to treat the game as a game.
I was pleasantly surprised at this book. Typically bargain books lack something that is rather easy to discover. Perhaps the discouraging thing about this book is that the business magnate Donald Trump isn't recognised as a golfer. Just take a visit to Trump Golf and view the spectacular courses in the Trump stable. By the way, Donald Trump's handicap is reported as being '4'.
In The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received, Donald Trump has collected over 200 writings from friends, colleagues, and playing companions. What golf can resist sharing a few words of wisdom?