Fairways to Heaven: The Journeyman's Guide to the Best of American Golf

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Fairways to Heaven is the definitive reference of the public-access golf courses that every golfer should - and can! - play in his or her lifetime! The authors lived the ultimate golfers fantasy by traveling over 26,000 miles by car and playing 91 courses in their quest to find the best courses in America. The result is a beautiful, 320 page full-color guidebook featuring 56 courses. Stunning photographs, hole diagrams, course information, scorecards, and insightful commentary offer the most in-depth information available on a "tick list" of the best courses. Playing to differing skill level, the authors also share their course strategy tips in special "Aces" and "Novices" sections of each course.

How many of the top courses have you played? Compare your list to Trent and Michael's as they narrowed down to a "finalist" list of only 91. Then they actually played every single one! No other golf travel guide can claim such objective writing. Furthermore, Trent and Michael are just like you - a couple of golfers who before Fairways to Heaven had never written about golf. That means the book isn't written from a scratch golfer perspective telling you how to shoot par on every course. Instead, it's written from a low handicapper and a high handicapper perspectives in layman's terms.

American classic golf courses such as Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Bay Hill, and Harbour Town are included along with contemporary greats such as Barton Creek, Blackwolf Run, Troon North, and World Woods. Trent and Michael even made it to Hawaii! Cost of green fees was not considered for inclusion for the book - the only requirement is that the course must be accessible to the public. While several courses are quite expensive, Trent and Michael also unveil some bargains. However, if the course is in the book, it's a course that every golfer should play at least once in his or her lifetime - regardless of price.

Trent and Michael also use a unique golf ball sleeve rating system (SRS) for each course. The SRS is similar to the green, blue, and black diamond ski slope ratings and is a guide for the golfer to select the correct tee boxes to play. Save the tough ones until you improve your game a bit but make no mistake - play every one of these courses!

It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it - and they did. 5,967 putts and 283 lost golf balls later, they survived to write about it. Also included in the book are fascinating stories - fun tales from the road that can only happen to a couple of guys spending over seven months on the road playing golf!

See why The Golf Channel and other top golf publications have called Fairways to Heaven a must-have for every golfer - "It's a book you will use time and time again every time you pack your clubs for your next trip." . . . "Fairways will re-kindle great memories of courses that you've already played and get your golf adrenaline pumping for those that you haven't played yet".

For anyone who has ever picked up a club, teed up a ball, walked freshly cut grass, and felt the power of golf, this is the guide to the courses every player should experience in his or her lifetime.

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From the Author:

Most people we met thought we were crazy and that we'd never finish. Well, after traveling 26,256 miles by car through 41 states in 123 days, our mission was accomplished.

Our typical day usually started with an early morning tee time. After 18 holes, we'd spend some time checking the place out and interviewing the pro before hitting the road again, sometimes driving hundreds of miles. Our budget was $50 a day for food and $75 a night for lodging. Taco Bell wins the award for the most-visited restaurant!

Why did we do it? Well, really good in-depth information on courses is pretty hard to find. So we just decided to do it ourselves and write the definitive reference guide and golf adventure. There is nothing along the magnitude of what we have accomplished. We actually played each course for ourselves.

We don't pretend to be golf writers. We are actually just like you, a couple of guys who love the game and what it means to each of us. Our differing golf skill levels allow for some interesting insight as to the playability of each course.

We also hope we share some of our experiences with you through our "Reflections and Stories from the Road" such as our memorable day with Sam Snead. We know we're the envy of most golfers and we want to share our dream with you in a book that you can use! We hope you enjoy the book as much as we enjoyed writing it.

From the Back Cover:

America's finest public-access courses are presented here with an in-depth style never before achieved. By personally visiting and playing each of these courses in an unprecedented seven month span, the authors have magically brought to life the ambiance and experience of each course in a first person manner.

Vivid writing from low and high handicapper perspectives, full color photos, and lavish illustrations will draw you into each hole and inspire you to take on the track for yourself.

And don't forget the stories! Included are many wonderful anecdotes and reflections on the 27,000 mile/90 course journey that was undertaken to complete this book.

For anyone who's ever picked up a club, teed up a ball, walked freshly cut grass, and felt the power of golf ,this is the guide to the courses every player should experience in his or her lifetime.

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