The first of the 'zen' books on golf (originally published in 1972), Golf in The Kingdom combines a bit of mysticism with specific advice on the game. Told in the form of a story about a young golfer who discovers, in one brief encounter in Scotland, a player and philosopher named Shivas Irons. Kingdom is the best selling golf novel of all time. Murphy also wrote the 1998 sequel, In the Kingdom of Shivas Irons, which is not as entertaining as the first novel.
A wholly contrived and hokey story, Greatest Player is nonetheless entertaining. A modern day law student (Charley Hunter), while working in Bobby Jones old law firm, uncovers the incredible story of a golfer better than anybody of his era (1920's and 30's) -- including Jones! Unfortunately, he had to play under an alias and could never openly compete. Although also entertaining -- especially for Bobby Jones fans -- Veron's Greatest Course is not as spell binding as Greatest Player.Golf nuts will appreciate that Veron has done his homework to get all the historical references accurate.
Missing Links is the first of two really funny novels about "Ponkey Golf Course" (Ponkaquogue) in Massachusettes, and the amazing characters who play there. Golfers in particular will enjoy enjoy both this and the sequel, Shanks for Nothing. Shanks continues the tale of "Ponkey' and its endearing players. Hart's father has died and left him something in the will; there's a catch, of course. Both books are highly recommended. (And they don't have to be read in sequence.)
Miracle on the 17th Green, by James Patterson, Peter De Jonge. Described as "inspirational, entertaining, and sometimes very funny book." The vast majority of amazon.com reviews are 4 or 5 stars.
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