Golf Books Worth Reading: 18 in America by Dylan Dethier

By Ryan Watson

With many of us stuck home for the foreseeable future and with no golf, now is a great time to catch up on your reading. At GolfLink, we will be profiling some of the best golf-related books on the market. Now we look at the coming of age memoir 18 in America, written by golf writer Dylan Dethier.

18 in America

When Dylan Dethier graduated from high school he decided on an unusual path: he would spend the year traveling around the lower 48 states of America playing golf in every state. That's the extent of his plan, and he loaded up his car and relied on meager savings to do just that. He spent many nights sleeping in his car, showering at truck stops, eating what he could afford, and playing some of the best and some of the country’s most unheralded courses.

What sets the book apart are Dethier’s insights and descriptions, with his interactions with locals providing the thrust of this travel story. Readers will visit Pebble Beach and TPC Sawgrass with Dethier, but it’s his trips to places like Flint, Michigan or the Badlands of North Dakota that really stick out. It’s a good reminder of why we play this game and the community to be found in this old game.

Readers will also enjoy the coming of age story presented by Dethier, as he transitions to manhood and deals with the exhiliration and limits of freedom for the first time. This is an excellent book for golfers that just might have you planning your next road trip.

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.