There's no need to be a club member to play the superb courses described and pictured in this volume. Based on Golf Magazine's biennial assessments, it describes each of the top 100 courses in detail, including useful tips on how to play individual holes. Extending the scope of the volume, there is ample information about lodging, food and entertainment at a variety of prices. Wide-ranging descriptions of other courses worth playing in each geographical area offer information on dozens of additional facilities.
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Here's the good news: you don't have to cash in all your stock options to pay the initiation fee at an exclusive club to play a great golf course. Some of the most spectacular--and storied--tracks in the nation are, indeed, open to everyone. The bad news is you'll still need more than a few bucks--and some spare time--to get on to them. Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses You Can Play beckon from this lushly illustrated coffee-table volume, and the names alone should send serious hackers raiding their savings and scrambling to the phone for tee times: Pinehurst No. 2, Torrey Pines, Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach, the Links at Spanish Bay, Bethpage Black, Bay Hill, Sawgrass, Grayhawk, and Troon. That's just a hint of what's out there.
Designed for the golfer whose motto is, "Have clubs, will travel," Top 100 first lures you in with its enticing introductions to the best resort, municipal, semi-private, and daily-fee tracks around the country. Then, once it has you salivating, it helps plan your getaway. Say you feel like trying to tame Sugarloaf, the demanding 18 carved from the Maine woods by Robert Trent Jones Jr.; Golf Magazine's experts deem it the ace of the nation's wilderness courses. Top 100 sends you off with hints to help you navigate the layout; suggests area accommodations, restaurants, and other courses nearby; and, in case you have a few moments between tee times, where to find other activities like fishing, biking, rafting, museums, and even a rail excursion.
"It's a wonderful time to be alive if you're an ardent golfer with the wherewithal to take your game on the road and put your skills to the test around the nation," writes author Brian McCallen. To that end, Top 100 does pretty much everything but carry your bag. --Jeff SilvermanFrom the Publisher:
From Pebble Beach and Sea Island to Pinehurst and Mauna Kea, many of America's most fabled golf courses are open to visitors. This indispensable, superbly illustrated guide, based on a biennial survey in GOLF Magazine, shows exactly what to expect at each of the 100 top U.S. courses that admit non-members. Located in all parts of the country, some courses are municipal, some require only a daily fee, some are at resorts-and all are terrifically exciting to play. Veteran golf journalist Brian McCallen describes each course layout in detail and offers savvy advice on tough holes. With 300 color photographs, information on dozens of other courses in each area, and reviews of nearby dining, lodging, and entertainment, this is an unbeatable resource for golfers who want to experience the best. Approximately 300 photographs in full color, 911/2 x 1133/4" Advertising: GOLF Magazine, New York Times Book Review, regional booksellers' holiday catalogues Subsidiary Rights: Selected by Book-of-the-Month Club Brian Mccallen is a senior editor at GOLF Magazine and the author of Abrams' Golf Resorts of the World. John and Jeannine Henebry rank among the top golf photographers in the world. Based in La Quinta, California, they have worked with all the top golf-course architects and their photographs have appeared in the major golf magazines and in books.
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Book Description Harry N. Abrams, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110810982269