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Books Related to Scotland Golf

In preparation for your Scotland golf vacation you may want to read other good books on Scotland golf. Here are a few that will increase your "feeling" for the courses there.


Rubenstein, Lorne (November, 2001). A Season in Dornoch : Golf and Life in the Scottish Highlands. Simon & Schuster.

In this memoir of a summer spent playing golf and finding himself in the highland Scotland golf Mecca of Royal Dornoch, the author extols the virtues of links golf in Scotland. It would be a good companion read while one anticipates a Scotland golf trip planned by using The Independent Golfer’s Guide.


McGuire, Brenda (May 1997) Golf at the Water's Edge: Scotland's Seaside Links. Abbeville Press, Inc.

This is a wonderful description of links golf in Scotland and would be a good companion read to The Independent Golfer’s Guide.


Finegan James W. (January, 2004). Blasted Heaths and Blessed Greens: A Golfer's Pilgrimage to the Courses of Scotland. Simon & Schuster.

This is a well-written, literary read that describes, in varying detail, some 60 Scotland golf courses. Following a 10-page introduction, it offers 12 chapters, each of which describes four to seven courses in a given geographical area. The only practical travel advice is found in 3-page section in the introduction.


Howe, Karen (January, 2004) The Golf Widow Travels Scotland: Getting Your Dream Vacation in Scotland with or without a Golfer in Tow. Golf Widow Travels.

This would be another companion read to The Independent Golfer’s Guide, especially for the non-golfing spouse who wants to go along on the trip.


Steel, Donald (January, 1993). Classic Golf Links of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Pelican Pub Co.

The exclusive focus here is on the most well known Scotland golf courses, many of which are private and do not offer access to visiting Americans.


Tobert, Michael (June, 2000). Pilgrims in the Rough: St. andrews Beyond the 19th hole. Luath Press Ltd.

This book is a memoir/reflection, not a travel guide. It would make good companion reading to The Independent Golfer’s Guide.


Robbie, Vic & Gallacher, Bernard (May 2002) Scotland's Golf Courses: The Complete Guide. Mainstream Pub Co Ltd.

This very large book (478 pages) is purely a reference book of Scotland golf courses. It presents brief descriptions and associated information for 484 Scotland golf courses. It offers no travel advice, recommendations or any details that would facilitate trip planning.


Davis, Martin (August, 2001) How To Play Links Golf.American Golfer

A very well illustrated and detailed "how-to" book featuring instructional tips from Colin Montgomery and the golf staff at Turnberry Golf Course


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