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The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses: Volume 1 – Great Britain and Ireland

Tom Doak

The original guide, written by Tom Doak for friends in the early 1990s, achieved notoriety for a bluntness about golf courses that was both withering and wry, writes Steve Carroll.

For those not well versed in the measures of strategic, penal and heroic holes, who might not necessarily be comfortable talking about topography, what this revised first volume does is break down, in quite simple terms, whether a course is worth playing or not.

That makes it a highly valuable travel guide, but Doak also discusses the architectural merits of each course featured and why certain holes – like the famous 1st tee at Machrihanish for example – came into being and are so special.

Time has blunted his sword to an extent, but when he feels a course isn’t worth playing he’s still not afraid to say so – cue his now infamous criticisms of the Castle course at St Andrews. That makes him a voice of truth in a cluttered marketplace.

So if you want to know where to play, and why, this book simply has to be among those on your golf shelf.

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