2019 GolfLink Holiday Gift Guide: Golf Books

By Ryan Watson


Whether buying for a voracious bibliophile or just looking for a classy coffee table book, GolfLink has you covered this holiday season with a list of the best golf books out there for the golfer in your life. 


The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever

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The Match is a barnburner of a story crafted by Mark Frost, the famed screenwriter and author of The Greatest Game Ever Played about amatuer Francis Ouimet’s unlikely 1913 U.S. Open win over the game’s best professionals. And it is with Ouimet’s caddie Eddie Lowery, now a full grown businessmen and millionaire, that The Match begins. Lowery was a booster for amateur golf and boasted to fellow millionaire George Coleman that 2 of his employees, who happen to have been some of the best amateur golfers of the time, could beat any player in a game of best-ball. Coleman took this as a bet and showed up with the greatest professional golfers of the day, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, to compete against Lowery's team. What occurred next is truly the stuff of legend.


1001 Courses to Play Before You Die by Jeff Barr

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A beautiful coffee table book, 1001 Courses to Play Before You Die by Jeff Barr sets itself apart from other books by the sheer breadth of this tome. This book covers the most famous, scenic, unique and challenging holes across the globe. The book has beautiful photography of each hole that makes this book so easy to flip through while sipping coffee and will have readers returning again and again to this book. 


Slaying the Tiger: A Year Inside the Ropes of the New PGA Tour by Shane Ryan

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As golf writer for Grantland, journalist Shane Ryan spent 2014 embedded with the PGA Tour and documented the youth revolution that has changed the world of golf. The book is best known for Ryan’s no hold barred approach to describing the new PGA Tour and the new breed of golfers stepping up to reclaim golf in the post-Tiger Woods world (of course, Woods has had a few more words to say about that). The book places a sharp focus on the young guns of 2014, many of whom have become superstars including Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. This book is great for any fan of the world’s biggest golf tour. 


How to Play the World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs by John Sabino

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As the name suggests, this book gives you tips and gleaned from author John Sabino’s quest to play some of golf’s most hallowed--and most elite--courses. The book covers over 125 courses around the globe, including Augusta, Muirfield, Royal Melbourne and Augusta. Sabino’s command of golf history as well as his treasure trove of anecdotes and mishaps makes this an easy and engaging read for any golfer. It just might be your ticket to playing some of golf’s greatest courses. 


A Life Well Played by Arnold Palmer

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Arnold Palmer’s memoir A Life Well Played recounts his long and eventful life on and off the course. Published in 2016, the year the golf world lost “Arnie”, the book is a poignant reflection on a life well lived. Not only is it full of stories and anecdotes of his decades on the PGA Tour, the book also spends time looking at Palmer’s personal life. His love of people and expansive charity work shines through the narrative, and the book is perfect for any fan of the game. 




About The Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.


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