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A couple weeks ago I tipped you off about a golf book destined to be a classic.

And many of you emailed me asking where you could get your hands on golf’s all-time classics…

You know…the ones everyone agrees are the greatest golf books of all time.

You’ve obviously discovered, like me, that nearly all of these epic books are out of print.

But I know how you can get your hands on them.

Even better, I know where you can get 7 of the essentials — the best of the best — in an exclusive package for an incredible price.Turn on images to see what these classic golf books look like

More on that in a minute.

But first, a question for you…

Are You a “True Golfer?”

Do you feel a deep connection to the game?

In other words, are you a golfer vs. someone who merely “plays golf?”

Do you enjoy being part of a society of people who “get” golf…but who can never get enough of it?

Do you lie awake with excitement the night before you play a golf course you’ve always wanted to play?

Does your heart race when you hear that iconic, tinkling piano that starts every Masters broadcast?

Yes to all or most of the above?

Then let me ask you this…

How connected can you really be to golf if you haven’t read…

The Best Golf Books Ever Written

I hate to say it, but if you haven’t read the books I’m about to mention, there will always be something missing from your knowledge of and your connection to the game.

See, these books are the standard by which all other golf writing is measured.

And no exaggeration…reading these books is as much a rite of passage for a “true golfer” as visiting shrines like St. Andrews and Pebble Beach.

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Golf’s greatest players, most respected businessmen, and other insiders have copies on their night stands.

Owning these books (or giving them to someone as a gift) signals that you, too, are one of the true lovers of the game.

Ok, so why exactly are these books so special?

Because they are the work of…

The Masters…of Golf’s Written Word

Just like we celebrate golf’s greatest players and their accomplishments…

…the golf world recognizes a small, elite fraternity of writers who have had a monumental and lasting impact on the game.

And even within this group, there were two unquestioned masters…

Herbert Warren Wind and Bernard Darwin.

Herbert Warren Wind’s books, golf writings in The New Yorker, and his work as Sports Illustrated’s first ever golf editor earned him the title, “the poet laureate of golf.”

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You know the phrase “Amen Corner?”

He created it.

His work is so treasured, and his mark on the game so important, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

And do you know who Herbert Warren Wind called, “the greatest writer on golf the world has ever known?…

Bernard Darwin.

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He’s in the Hall of Fame, too.

Why? Oh, just because he basically, “invented golf writing as we know it today.”

The truly amazing thing is, he did it without any formal training as a journalist.

Here’s what Ben Crenshaw said about him:

“Darwin’s writings have given me as much pleasure and as sound an education as anything in my golfing life. His words express closely what we feel about the game, if we have taken this game to our heart, as he did.”

As you can see, these are golf’s most celebrated writers, and their work form the heart of the special, 7-book set you’re about to see.

7 of the World’s Best Golf Books for One Great Price

Whether purchased for yourself or as an incredible holiday gift for someone, these “essentials” are an enviable collection on their own…or as an addition to an existing book collection.

Here they are:

The Complete Golfer (1954), edited by Herbert Warren Wind
This anthology, edited by one of the most prolific and respected golf writers of all time, features an introduction by Bobby Jones. Selections range from fiction pieces to cartoons, long-form essays to colorful maps of the world’s greatest golf courses.

Green Memories (1928), by Bernard Darwin
Darwin penned three autobiographies in his storied writing career. This is the first and, by our lights, the best, owing to the beautiful prose it contains and Darwin’s characteristic deep insights.

Playing the Like (1934), by Bernard Darwin
Any introduction to golf’s rich essay tradition must have a healthy dose of Darwin, and this book delivers, with his biographical pieces on James Braid, Harry Vardon and J.H. Taylor among the highlights.

The Badminton Library: Golf (1890), edited by Horace G. Hutchinson
This anthology represents a turning point in golf’s early history. Sponsored by the Duke of Beaufort, this volume was supposed to cover numerous sports dear to the hearts of Scots until noted writer and volume editor Horace Hutchinson convinced the Duke otherwise. As a result, it’s devoted entirely to golf and has been known as one of the great books on the game for more than a century.

Tillinghast: Creator Of Golf Courses (2005), by Philip Young (Limited Edition)
Albert Warren “A.W.” Tillinghast is known as one of the great golf course architects of all time, having designed such courses as Winged Foot (both West and East), Bethpage Black and Baltusrol. This book is the first biography of a man whose life consisted of much beyond his trade, and is presented as a limited edition by Classics of Golf.

The Walter Hagen Story (1956), by Walter Hagen with Margaret Seaton Heck
In addition to being one of the great players of his era, Walter Hagen was a one-of-a-kind character and entertainer who paved the way for the modernization and broad acceptance of professional game. This is his story, told in his words.

Autobiography of an Average Golfer (1925), by O.B. Keeler
Keeler cemented his place in golf history as the most meticulous and eloquent biographer of one of golf’s all-time beloved figures: Bobby Jones. In Keeler’s inimitable style, this book chronicles his own introduction to golf, which still resonates 90 years later with avid, though not always proficient, lovers of the game.


Click Here to Get 7 of the World’s Best Golf Books
Turn on images to see what these classic golf books look like • The Complete Golfer (Wind)
• Green Memories (Darwin)
• Playing the Like (Darwin)
• The Badminton Library: Golf (Hutchinson)
• Tillinghast: Creator of Golf Courses (Young)
• The Walter Hagen Story (Hagen)
• Autobiography of an Average Golfer (Keeler)
Normally $319  Just $199 with Free Shipping in USA
Only 150 Available (max. 2 per order, please). Get yours now.

More than Golf’s Greatest Writing…It’s an Education

This collection of volumes isn’t merely seven books about golf’s early days.

It is an education — one every lover of golf should have in order to have a complete understanding of this great game.

These seven titles strike a perfect balance of subject matter…

They include profound perspectives on the professional game and those that play it, golf course design, and even the experience and insight of the rank amateur.

Here’s What Readers are Saying…

“A great book for lovers of sports writing…”
- N.S., on The Complete Golfer (via Alibris)…

“Open anywhere and you’ll find something handy for the nineteenth hole…”
- Travel + Leisure Golf on The Badminton Library

“Darwin at his best…”
- Classics of Golf on Playing the Like

“An immense contribution to my profession…I am deeply impressed.”
- Geoffrey Cornish, golf course architect, on Tillinghast: Creator Of Golf Courses

“There is nothing more enjoyable…”
-David Childs on The Walter Hagen Story

A Collection You’ll Leave to Someone Special

Golf books will come and go by the thousands, but these have withstood the test of time.

And at a time when so much reading is done “digitally” on computers, phones and tablets, these books are refreshingly real.

They’re not downloads, apps, or PDFs. You can’t “delete” them.

On the contrary — they’re handsome, hardcovers whose heft is fitting for what the authors have written on their pages.

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Technically, they’re wireless (ha, ha), but they provide a real and much-needed way to escape the constant buzzing, ringing and dinging from our electronic devices.

Putting them down (if you can) elicits a satisfying thud.

They are, in a word: permanent.

Permanent “classics” you’ll enjoy for years to come and likely leave to someone special when it’s time to head to that great 19th hole in the sky.

Out of Print, but Not Out of Reach (if You Hurry):
The Exclusive Offer for GVI Readers

As I mentioned at the top, these books are out of print.

The originals are hard to find and can cost thousands of dollars each (see below).

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Even the gorgeous reprints I’m talking about, purchased directly from Classics of Golf (the publisher) would cost you $319.

Here’s the math…

1. The Complete Golfer ($50)
2. Green Memories ($40)
3. Playing the Like ($40)
4. The Badminton Library: Golf ($35)
5. Tillinghast: Creator of Golf Courses, Limited Edition ($79)
6. The Walter Hagen Story ($40)
7. Autobiography of an Average Golfer ($35)
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Total: $319 (what everyone else pays)

But as a Golf Vacation Insider reader, you can get all 7 essential books for just $199 with free shipping in the United States.

That’s an instant discount of $120 (nearly 40%).

As usual, there are only a limited number available at this price (and I’m sure they’re going to sell out) so get one for yourself (or a gift recipient) before they’re gone.


Click Here to Get 7 of the World’s Best Golf Books
Turn on images to see what these classic golf books look like • The Complete Golfer (Wind)
• Green Memories (Darwin)
• Playing the Like (Darwin)
• The Badminton Library: Golf (Hutchinson)
• Tillinghast: Creator of Golf Courses (Young)
• The Walter Hagen Story (Hagen)
• Autobiography of an Average Golfer (Keeler)
Normally $319  Just $199 with Free Shipping in USA
Only 150 Available (max. 2 per order, please). Get yours now.

 

Which Caribbean golf destination will win our first-ever

Which Caribbean locale will win our first round of Destination Match Play?

We get a lot of comments and emails from you asking where to go for your next golf vacation.

Often, you’ve narrowed the choices down to “A” or “B.”

We see all kinds of combinations of popular golf destinations from these inquiries, but certain pairs get a lot more attention than others.

So, we started a new series of “Side-by-Side Decision Guides” with our take on some of the most common golf trip toss-ups.

Here is our first matchup: Cancun vs. Puerto Rico.

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bandon-camLet me start today’s tip with an apology:

You’re probably not going to get any work done for the next 30 minutes or so.

That’s because I’ve gathered together some of golf’s best live webcams and, if you’re like me at all, you’ll find using them to peek in on golfers playing top courses around the world to be utterly addictive.

Want to see who’s on the first tee at Pebble Beach right now?

Or who’s crossing the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole at the Old Course in St. Andrews?

Or if that guy with the terrible swing is going to hit it more than 50 yards off the tee at Bandon Dunes?

The links below will let you do it…in real time.

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nice shotHave you ever played in an golf outing that gave out terrible prizes or goodie bags?

See if you can top this:

In my previous job at an advertising agency, I played in a golf outing hosted by one of our clients, a food company.

On one of the par threes, I hit a perfect 6-iron to about four feet and proceeded to win the closest-to-the-pin prize.

My colleagues could barely contain their laughter when they told me what I’d won:

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Punta Cana's spectacular courses could become the No. 1 draw for Dominican Republic golf vacations.

Can you identify this gorgeous winter golf vacation haven?

Do you wait until it gets really cold to start planning a warm-weather getaway?

I’m guilty of this, and it invariably becomes a mad scramble to coordinate everyone’s work schedules and to make travel arrangements. Ugh.

This year, I’m planning ahead, and I thought you might like to see one place that’s on my radar screen…and the reasons why it might be right for your upcoming travels.

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A layover is a great way to break up a long trip. You can spend a day or two between destinations exploring an unfamiliar city, maybe play a round of golf or two on the way to your main destination, and hop back on your next flight.

The world’s major airlines seem to have picked up on the greatness of the layover lately.

How do I know? Let’s just say I can give you 900 reasons…

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Castiglion Del Bosco's lovely Tom Weiskopf golf course is at the center of one of Europe's most underrated resorts, in the heart of Italian wine country. (Golf Odyssey)

Castiglion Del Bosco’s lovely Tom Weiskopf golf course is at the center of one of Europe’s most underrated resorts, in the heart of Italian wine country. (Golf Odyssey)

We received a number of responses to last week’s piece on lesser-known American destinations from folks who were dying to know where they could get their wine-and-golf fix outside the United states.

So, we pulled together a group of international destinations where the grapes are as pleasing as the greens.

Wine is made all over the world, as you probably know, so a truly exhaustive list would probably be so long, it’d put you to sleep faster than any tannins we know of.

So here are our choicest five selections from the “wine world” of golf:

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There are some things that just go together.

Peanut Butter and Jelly. Abbott and Costello. Lemonade and iced tea.

Golf and wine? Absolutely.

A number of golf courses in California's Wine Country, such as Eagle Vines Golf Club, play over and around active rows of grapes. (Golf Odyssey

A number of golf courses in California’s Wine Country, such as Eagle Vines Golf Club, play over and around active rows of grapes. (Golf Odyssey

Golf’s oldest trophy is called the “Claret Jug,” after all…

Am I suggesting that you stuff a decanter in your golf bag the next time you tee it up?

Not exactly (although that would look hilarious—please send us a picture if you try this), but if you like and/or want to learn more about wine, should you plan a golf trip that features some wine tastings?

Again, absolutely.

The only question is: where?

Here are our favorites in the U.S.:

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