Golf News for Monday, October 31, 2005 | Books

A golf book makes a great gift for the holidays

USA -- Looking for those perfect holiday books to give out as gifts? Check out the following publications...

Fifty Places to Play Golf Before You Die
Golf Experts Share the World’s Greatest Desitinations
By Chris Santella, Foreword by Mark O’Meara
ISBN: 1584794747; $24.95; 224 pages; hardcover; Stewart, Tabori & Chang
Chris Santella is back again, leaving the fly-fishing world behind and driving into the golf world. In this beautiful guide, expert golfers reveal their picks for the world’s greatest golf venues. The courses featured were selected for their architecture, noteworthy holes, location, and ambiance, making them “must play” venues for passionate golfers. Experts featured include Pete Dye, Cristie Kerr, Donald Trump, Peter Jacobson, and Brian McCallen and the courses include Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes, Royal Country Down, Cape Kidnappers, and the National Golf Links of America.

Great Golf
150 Years of Essential Instruction from the Best Players, Teachers, and Writers of All Time
Edited by Danny Peary and Allen F. Richardson, Foreword by Gary Player
ISBN: 158479464X; $29.95; 368 pages; hardcover; Stewart, Tabori & Chang
Nearly 150 years have passed since the publication of H.B. Farnie’s The Golfer’s Manual – the first book known to contain golf instruction. Since then, there has been no single volume that has brought together the classic lessons of the great players and teachers in their own words – until now. 127 original essays by 96 authors (Lee Trevino, Ben Hogan, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones, Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, and more) remind readers why they love the game, and why all golfers, from the weekend enthusiast to the consummate pro, show their passion and respect for the game by constantly trying to improve as players.

Golf's 100 Toughest Holes
By Chris Millard
ISBN: 0810950103; $45.00; 216 pages; hardcover; Abrams
After careful research, noted golf writer Chris Millard (Senior Golf and Golf World) selected the most difficult holes from the world’s greatest courses and gives us a history of those holes, what features and design details make them so difficult to play, as well as anecdotes from tournament play. The photographs of these holes are from the world’s top photographers. The book also notes which of these courses are private and public, as well as the resident course pros. Lesser known courses include Hallbrook Country Club (KS) and Koolau Golf Club (HI).