Classic Golf Books To Read While You’re In Quarantine


Is it safe to still play golf amidst the pandemic? Yes, with the necessary precautions, you can. But most, if not all, golfers have agreed that the golf course will have to wait. They’ve set up their DIY mini golf grounds in their backyards, basements, and even in their living rooms. The others, though, have called a timeout on playing the game and instead chose to take the advice of some gurus – to read a book or two about golf while they’re stuck at home in quarantine. If you’re an avid golfer and now sitting on your couch with just a few golf shows to watch on television, you might as well get a hold of these classic golf books that you can read while you’re in quarantine.

The Last Stand of Payne Stewart: The Year Golf Changed Forever

Written by Kevin Robbins, this book was published on the 20th anniversary of Payne Stewart’s death. Quite sad, really, but Stewart was an important character and an excellent golf player – he should be remembered and celebrated for his life and his death. The United States Golf Association voted unanimously for this book to be awarded the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award. This is the second book written by Robbins.

Dead Solid PerfectIn these dull and sad months, a little humor is such a blessing. Dan Jenkins has given us that in this classic fiction about the PGA Tour and climaxing with the Open Championship of the USGA on its 87th year at Heavenly Pines. Some language is a bit broad and obscene, and some even incorrect (it is fictional, after all), but it is truly funny no matter many times you read it.


A Season in Dornoch: Golf and Life in the Scottish Highlands

Lorne Rubenstein stayed in Dornoch village, North Scotland, while writing this book. He was honored to spend time at the famed Royal Dornoch Golf Club, where he wrote his experience of golf and of the people he met, including Don Greenberg, who was a sportswriter. He was also a caddie and a member of the Royal Dornoch.

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever

Mark Frost, the author of this book, is also part of the team that created the popular television show in the 90s called Twin Peaks. Frost is a golfer himself and has written a total of three books about the sport. This book, on the other hand, talks about a golf match that happened because of Eddie Lowery, a wealthy businessman who used to be a caddie for golf player Francis Quimet in the U.S. Open. He challenged the rest of the expert golfers saying that amateurs Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi, both working for him, can beat any of these expert golfers. The match happened when another rich man took the challenge, bringing his challengers Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan.

To Win and Die in Dixie: The Birth of the Modern Golf Swing and the Mysterious Death of Its Creator

This is an unlikely yet exciting read about the story of a British golf master, J. Douglas Edgar. He visited the United States in 1919 and trained Bobby Jones. J. Douglas won two times at the Canadian Open but lost during the PGA Championship in 1920 against Jock Hutchinson. His golf and his life ended when he was killed in 1921, for mysterious reasons, although much has been said about him having an affair with a married woman.


A Life Well Played: My Stories

This is a beautiful book with an even more beautiful title written by Arnold Palmer. He writes here with his co-author Dave Shedloski, a contributor at Golf Digest. There are three series in this book, each recounting different aspects – life, golf, and business. Ultimately, the final lesson is something that is worth remembering. Palmer writes that he would love to be recognized as someone who is a caretaker of golf, ‘just the way my father was before me.’

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