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taylormadefan made a post recommending the book The Greatest Game Ever Played, which I've read and is one of my favorite non-instructional golf books.

I'm always looking for a good golf book to read and thought you guys might have a suggestion or two?
Fiction or non-fiction, I don't care!

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I'd still say The Greatest Game Ever Played is my favorite. I can't think of another book that so effectively intertwines history, characters, and storytelling in one book.

 

Another great book I read was Hogan by Curt Sampson.

 

It's a good look at Hogan's entire life from his humble beginnings as a poor boy in Ft. Worth to being one of the greatest golfers to ever play the game. Sampson doesn't sugarcoat Hogan's mercurial personality, but he does a very good job of describing Hogan's single minded obsession with his golf swing and being the best at what he does.

 

Definately worth reading.

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Who's your Caddy is a hilarious book!!! Especially when he is talking about caddying for Tom Lehman at the Disney and he gets the yardage for his player but paced the distance with Langer's ball. It will keep you reading. Great book!!!

 

I also read a few of the Payne Stewart books after his death and all of those were good also. The Open was somewhat good also. Goes into detail how they decided to have the U.S. Open at Bethpage and what they had to do to the course to get the event there.

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The best book I ever read was about 20 years ago. It was a collection of short fiction stories that I think were previously printed in Golf Digest.

 

Here are some of the plotlines I remember.

1. A nerd builds golf clubs with gyros in them that turn him into the greatest golfer in the world.

2. A story about balls with expensive gems (diamonds, rubies, emeralds) in the core.

3. A group of golfers who would play every Sat. and have tacos and orange drink for breakfast. One of the members was loaded and bought the most exclusive course around so they could play.

 

If any of this sounds remotely familiar to anyone, please pass on the name of the book and author. I can't find it anywhere.

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Some of my favorites are:

 

Final Rounds by James Dodson a must read for any golfer who enjoyed the game with their father.

 

All the Feinstein books: Look for his new one about QSchool it could be his best golf book yet.

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John Corrigan has written 4 books, I think it's 4, where a professional golfer is also at the center of several mysteries. The 2 I've read are Snap Hook and Center Cut which are very entertaining.

 

David Feherty' s "Somewhere in Ireland a Village is Missing an Idiot" and "Nasty Bit of Rough" are great also.

 

Mark Frost's "The Greatest Game Ever Played"

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I agree, Feinstein's books are excellent.

 

Also enjoyed Bud, Sweat and Tees (about Rich Beem) by Alan Shipnuck.

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I read one a while ago called "How to Line Up Your Fourth Putt." Most golf joke books suck pretty bad but this one was funny. Feinstein is a great writer so I would agree with the above posts and highly recommend his stuff. Does anyone know the title of his new book about Q-school that was mentioned in a previous post? Is it out yet?

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I'd still say The Greatest Game Ever Played is my favorite. I can't think of another book that so effectively intertwines history, characters, and storytelling in one book.

 

Another great book I read was Hogan by Curt Sampson.

 

It's a good look at Hogan's entire life from his humble beginnings as a poor boy in Ft. Worth to being one of the greatest golfers to ever play the game. Sampson doesn't sugarcoat Hogan's mercurial personality, but he does a very good job of describing Hogan's single minded obsession with his golf swing and being the best at what he does.

 

Definately worth reading.

 

There is also a Hogan biography by James Dobson that provides a lot of insight into Hogan's character as well. Although a bit dry, it nonetheless provides an interesting look at a very complex and enigmatic man.

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Everyone, find yourself a copy of "Rub of the Green". It's a novel about the life of a young golfer who, through a twisted series of events involving a girl and his best golf buddy...ends up serving time in a rural Mississippi prison.

 

This is a excellent read, and I've read somewhere that the movie rights have been shuffled around for a few years. I've been hoping for a decade that Clint Eastwood would take it up.

 

I've already got the casting lined up for about 5 of the characters.

 

Sampson's Hogan bio is well written, and interesting.

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Probably my favorite is "Let 'er Rip" by Gardner Dickinson, who played the tour in 50's and 60's, worked for Hogan for a while, and spent a lot of time with Snead, Palmer, Nicklaus, etc.

 

I'll also endorse "Who's Your Caddy", "Afternoons with Mr. Hogan", "The Bogey Man", and "The Eternal Summer", by Curt Sampson, which tells the story of the 1960 US Open at Cherry Hills when Hogan, Nicklaus (as a 20 year old amateur) and Palmer were all in it until the very end.

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Everyone, find yourself a copy of "Rub of the Green". It's a novel about the life of a young golfer who, through a twisted series of events involving a girl and his best golf buddy...ends up serving time in a rural Mississippi prison.

 

This is a excellent read, and I've read somewhere that the movie rights have been shuffled around for a few years. I've been hoping for a decade that Clint Eastwood would take it up.

 

I read that years ago. I really enjoyed it too. Great fictional golf book.

 

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