Historical, architectural, comical; the three keys to a successful golf story and these all have it…For me at least.
- William Quirin’s America’s Linksland: A Century of Long Island Golf. Obviously, this is the first book to purchase if you’re a golfer living on Long Island. Provides an overview to some of the country’s oldest courses (National, Shinnecock) and architects (C.B. McDonald, Ross).
- John Feinstein’s Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black. So much has been made throughout the years (and rightfully so) about the Black and the fact it thrusted the current Open rotation into a muni-loving frenzy. Feinstein’s story details the Black before, during and after the Open. But most notably, the people who made it happen.
- Daniel Wexler’s The Missing Links: America’s Greatest Lost Golf Courses & Holes. Similar to Quirin’s account of LI’s first golf clubs, Wexler’s tales take place mostly pre-1950 and discuss– with incredible detail– the early architecture and course designers that made Long Island one of the world’s most sought after golfing destinations.
- John Updike’s Golf Dreams: Writings on Golf. The quintessential reading for Northeastern golfers. My personal favorite shorts include”Moral Exercise,” “December Golf,” and “Intercession.” Just make sure you have a dictionary nearby.
- Geoffrey Giles’ 101 Courses: A Tour of the Best and Most Uplifting Golf Courses in the World. Without hesitation does Giles mention the Black and Shinnecock, along with the likes of nearby Winged Foot. Along with statistics and unknown facts, Giles details a brief history of each course with incredible photography.
- Dan Jenkins. The most entertaining wordsman I’ve ever read (along with Updike). Jenkins at the Majors: Sixty Years of the World’s Best Golf Writing, from Hogan to Tiger, his most recent release which recollects over 200 Major Championship stories, is all-time. Then there are his quirky novels like Slim and None, Dead Solid Perfect, and Fairways and Greens; the latter a combo of fiction and non. All so damn funny and so damn recommended.
- David Sowell’s The Masters: A Hole-by-Hole History of America’s Golf Classic. If not for yourself, read it for your father, who probably got you into the Masters and the game in the first place.
- Mark Hermann has been Newsday’s Long Island/national golf beat writer since 2002. His Thursday and Sunday columns are something thousands of LIers look forward to every week. Check out his blog here.
- MGA: The Metropolitan Golf Association hosts several of the area’s most coveted tournaments throughout the season. Also produces the latest news on tournament coverage, golf non-profits, rules information and one of my favorite magazines, The Met Golfer.
- Long Island Golf Association: Hosts low-handicap tournaments throughout the spring, summer and fall. My personal favorite; the Michael Hebron Amateur Championship on the Black (formerly known as the Public Links).
- Long Island Golf News: Information on course openings, phone numbers, maps, addresses, fees and course websites.
- Golf on Long Island: Awesome site in terms of course descriptions and flyovers. They also touch on one of my go-to topics; winter golf.
- For national golf coverage with credible/intelligent opinion: Yahoo’s Devil Ball Golf, Wei Under Par, Armchair Golf,