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Best Books For Golfers

December 23, 2014

Top Pros Pick Their Favorite Golf Books

The New Year is starting and the courses are covered in snow. It’s a perfect time to catch
up on your golf reading, but where to start? We asked some of the section’s top teaching
pros to pick their favorite golf books, and came up with a wide selection, from entertainment to instruction.

Minnesota Golf StoryFore!Gone. Minnesota's Lost Golf Courses.

Minnesota Section PGA Player of the Year Don Berry is a fan of Joe Bissen’s new effort, Fore! Gone. Minnesota’s Lost Golf Courses, 1897–1999. Don calls it “a real page turner. I kept imagining myself playing these courses, wishing I had the chance to play some of these lost gems.” You can read more about this interesting project on Bissen’s blog.

Made for the MoviesGolf's Sacred Journey

Eden Prairie golf coach Ty Armstrong is a fan of a book by Dr. David Cook that was also turned into a movie: Seven Days in Utopia: Golf’s Sacred Journey. The screenplay for the 2011 movie was also written by Dr. Cook and featured actors Robert Duvall and Lucas Black. And the book’s foreword is written by Minnesota golf great Tom Lehman. The story revolves around a young golfer who finds himself unexpectedly stranded in Utopia, Texas – which also happens to be the state where Ty grew up.

Wodehouse on Golf

Links and Laughs

For pure entertainment and humor, Hazeltine Director of Instruction Mike Barge recommends P.G. Wodehouse, an acclaimed British humorist of the twentieth century (1881-1975). Mike says, “his short stories on golf are wonderfully written and unique.” You can sample a number of those stores in the popular collection, Fore!: The Best of Wodehouse on Golf.

All About ArtThe Art of Putting

When we asked Chaska Town Course Director of Instruction Eric Chiles his favorite instructional book, he singled-out The Art of Putting, by Stan Utley – part of his four book series on scoring, putting, the short game, and the swing.

The Talent CodeFabulous Foursome

2009 Teacher of the Year Dee Forsberg McCullagh selected four favorites:

By The BookGetting Up And Down

Finally, Director of Member Service & Player Development Kathy Swanson likes the classics: all of the Harvey Penick books, the Ben Hogan Fundamentals series and Getting Up and Down by Tom Watson. Her last selection is one book all of us should read (and carry): the USGA Rules of Golf.





The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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