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Fairways To Heaven
Trent Ricker & Michael Stevens © 1997
Price: $1.00 (Dollar Store)

Fairways to Heaven is a dream of which every avid golfer would like to do and about two people who actually did. Trent Ricker and Michael Stevens spent 123 days and nights in 1996 playing 90 different courses across America. Did I mention that they drove to every one of them? The fact page in the introduction says it all: 520 hours in the car, 26,256 miles driven, 41 states visited, 283 lost balls, 5967 total putts (between the two of them), and the list goes on.

The Introduction to the book is really quite intriguing. Beyond that, the book is basically a listing of each golf course they played and their review. I would much rather have read about Trent and Mike's trip planning, mishaps, costs, and adventures rather than 90 reviews.

Fairways to Heaven is filled with pictures, scorecards, and sketches of must play holes. Reading reviews is a bit of a bore but taken in small doses it isn't bad. Perhaps this is a good bathroom companion?

Are you looking to bring your handicap down? Michael Stevens started the trip with a 36 handicap and at the end of the trip he had brought it down to a respectable 17. There's something to be said in playing the game in large quantities.

Fix The Yips Forever
Hank Haney © 2006
Price: $4.99 (Chapters)

It's hard to believe that someone would write an entire book on the "yips" but leave it to Hank Haney to do just that. Fix The Yips Forever takes a detailed look into the yips including the why as well as the techniques that can be used to cure this haunting curse.

I can't say I've had a bout of the yips although I have suffered from what I call a lack of confidence and feel, but only for a game or two.

And now, If ever the yips strike I now have the right book to find a cure and this one book should be all any one needs. I hope I'll never have to open the cover again to find a cure.

Golf & Life
Jack Nicklaus (with Dr. John Tickell) © 2006
Price: $5.99 (Chapters)

It's refreshing to read a book that's not completely about golf yet gives insight into the game. With Golf & Life, Jack Nicklaus and Dr. John Tickell have identified lessons in life (72 to be exact) and have made the connection between success inside and outside the game.

The book doesn't just focus on Jack's performance on the golf course, you also get to understand the man off the course and, in life. Dr. John Tickell contributions only aid you in understanding Jack's goals in life and what makes him tick. The book deals with subjects ranging from: coping with pressure, food, success, and dealing with age.

One of my favourite lessons is #50. "It is impossible to be intelligent and smoke at the same time." Something I've believed in for a long time and was glad to see someone finally put it in print.

Don't be fooled by the title. I would recommend this book as a good read to any one. Golf & Life could easily steer an individual on to greater successes in their life.

Golf (Know Your Sport)
Clive Gifford © 2010
Price: $49.27 (Amazon.ca)

I picked up Golf (Know Your Sport) from the local library on the assumption that this was something worth reading. Perhaps for someone who has never seen the sport and doesn't have a clue how to play golf this book for may be for you (and if you don't have an Internet connection). If any store decides to carry a copy then deposit it in the children's section and, still, the copy will most likely see dust gathered high and remain thusly even when it's moved to the bargain bin. Golf (Know Your Sport) is very basic and appears to be part of a series of books expaining sports in a simplistic fashion.

Ouch! For a 30 page book that was probably written in a couple of days the $49.27 price tag is an outrageous price to pay for a very mediocre book, even if it was designed with young adults in mind.

Golf Courses of the World - 365 Days
Robert Sidorsky © 2004
Price: $27.41 (Amazon.ca)

This book contains 365 golf course photographs from around the world accompanied by a brief description.

There, my first line sums up the entire book in one brief sentence. This book could be turned into a calendar with very little effort. Although I have a calendar at work that has a picture a day of golf courses (available at a much cheaper price) the quality of photo doesn't come close to what's in Golf Courses of the World.

Planning a trip? Take a flip through this book and you'll probably want to visit every course contained inside. Some shots are spectacular and very few pictures are humdrum. Set this book on a coffee table for visitors to flip through while they wait for their drink. Take your time. Flipping through 365 pictures takes longer than you think.

Buy this one for the pictures alone.

Golf Freek
Steve Eubanks © 2007
Price: $18.77 (Chapters.ca)

What a fun book. This is a must read for any one who enjoys the fanatical side of golf.

Steve Eubanks is golf addict who plays anywhere and writes about it. Each chapter takes you to a different destination, delivering the highs and lows of emotion. Chapters include playing with Arnold Palmer, Al Geiberger (Mr. 59), Alice Cooper, Leo Luken the 88 year old World's 'Shot Your Age' Champion (he's done it over 500 times), and David Meador, winner of the United States Blink Golf Championship. Enjoy a unique experience about a trip to a nine hole course in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the only U.S. Naval base on communist soil. A visit to China and Ireland, and snow golf in the Swiss Alps. And that's just a portion of what's contained in this truly entertaining book.

Golf Freek, one man's quest to play as many rounds of golf as possible, for free.

Golf Magazine 500 Best Tips Ever!
© 2011
Price: $15.64 (Amazon.ca)

Golf is one of those sports where there's an infinite way of producing a desired result. "Tips", in any manner, are always important. However, put too many together and I often become more confused than actually understanding anything.

Golf Magazine 500 Best Tips Ever gathers together loads of information but nothing is broken down in detail. I'm rather frustrated with these kind of books because I look at them as an easy moneymaker for a publisher as almost the entire contents can be created with simple cut and paste techniques.

I'd suggest reading this book is small portions or focus in on the pages that will help with your current golfing woes.

Golf My Own Damn Way
John Daly (with Glen Waggoner) © 2007
Price: $12.78 (Amazon.ca)

Written in small print at the bottom of the cover of this book is, "A real Guy's guide to chopping ten strokes off your score". This line would lead one to believe that the book is either a golf instruction book or contains useful golf tips. And, what starts out with the right idea for tips and instruction seems to falter as the book progresses. Each chapter (if you call them that) is at most 4 pages long. In the beginning John talks of "getting ready to play", "being and athlete", and "before you rip it, you gotta grip it". As the book progresses we see him answering self imposed questions such as, "What music do you like?", "What are you favourite golf courses?", and "What's the best score you've ever scored?" Stop right there, John. What happened to the "shaving off ten strokes"? Did you run out of ideas for instructions?

Golf My Own Damn Way is a short 158 pages of reasonable large print text that can be read quite quickly. There are some hand-drawn images but no images of value. Golf content is lacking and some of the content has already been used in John's previous book, "My Life in and Out of the Rough".

What instruction and tips provided can hardly shave ten strokes off of any ones game. Enjoy the book for John Daly's style and approach to the game of golf.

Golf On The Web
John Barton & Hunki Yun © 1997
Price: $2.61 (BookCloseOuts.com)

I often go through the golf books available on BookCloseOuts.com and this is where I found Golf On The Web. Basically, the authors of the book surveyed golf websites from around the world and compiled their findings into chapters. News, Pro Players, Instruction, and Travel are just a few of the obvious sections. A great idea, but sadly the publication date of the book is 1997. The web has greatly evolved and many of sites no long exist or ownership of the site has changed.

Avoid the 1997 release of Golf On The Web at any price. If ever a modern update appears of
<i>Golf On The Web</i> then it may have some value. I purchased the book at a very good price but it has little or no worth and the book will find its way to a suitable resting place.

Golf U.S.A.
Cory Sandler© 2001
Price: $3.74 (BookCloseOuts.com)

Planning a golf trip? If so, then Golf U.S.A. may be a valuable resource but without a trip in mind this book has little value. Quite simply, Golf U.S.A. is a guide on where to play. It contains course ratings, course type (public, resort, semiprivate), and the cost to play. No pictures are available between the covers so you'll have to settle for text alone.

The first few chapters explain the evaluation system used in the book. Sections such as; how to save money on air and golf packages, hotels, and golf travelers' most frequently asked questions. There wasn't a lot of value found by me in these sections but first time golf travelers may find this information useful. The bulk of the book separates golf courses into their state and area within the state, then lists the details. Not all golf courses are listed (as you would expect as this would be far too difficult to compile) but some valuable information can be had.

Golf's Finest Par Threes
Tony Roberts & Michael Bartlett © 2011
Price: $25.04 (Chapters.ca)

Golf's Finest Par Threes takes a deep look into the art and science of the one-shot hole. The book contains great detail from how par threes came about to how par threes are designed. The photos are excellent and the featured par threes are spectacular. I don't think a book such as this could be written about par fours and fives but after reading this one I'd like to see the authors try.

One hundred of golf's finest par three are captured in photo and text. Golf's Finest Par Threes is a solid 250 pages of well-conceived content. This is a must read for any golfaholic.

I'm not sure whether this book will be released in a paperback version but a hard cover version will look good on your shelf.

Golf's Greatest Practical Jokes
Chris Rodell © 2006
Price: $2.99 (Borders)

Are you looking for a way to get even with your golfing buddies? If you are, then I probably wouldn't be recommending Golf's Greatest Practical Jokes. Although the book does come with a few standard novelty gags (exploding golf ball, flat-top tees, and ball markers) there isn't much substance to make the book a buy even at a bargain cover price.

The book itself is a mere 93 pages and only the first 30 are worth reading. The first chapter talks about some pro pranks that can give a light chuckle. The remainder of the book has some downright stupid ideas for practical jokes. If you really want to make some enemies then try some of this crap.

Golf's Ultimate Eighteen
Steve Eubanks © 2010
Price: $21.22 (Amazon.ca)

Golf's Ultimate Eighteen looks at eighteen of golf's greatest golf holes from around the world as selected by some of golf's greatest names. Arnold Palmer, Ernie Els, Jack Nicklaus, and Peter Jacobson are just a few who have contributed to this book. Each hole has a written history by the author (Steve Eubanks) as well as a writing by the golfer who selected the hole and as to why they selected it.

Each hole has full photos of the holes as well as a scaled aerial view that details the features of the hole. This would be the ultimate fantasy course.

There really aren't any surprises in the hole selection and I'd be happy to play Golf's Ultimate Eighteen at the drop of a hat. The book is well layed out and was a pleasant read.

Golf: An Unofficial and Unauthorized History of the World's Most Preposterous Sport
Henry Beard © 2009
Price: $15.16 (Chapters.ca)

Golf: An Unofficial and Unauthorized History of the World's Most Preposterous Sport is based using a little bit of history and a lot of humor. The book follows a chronological order beginning in 732 AD with the relics of Saint Andrew being brought to the modern-day town of St. Andrews. The relics show ACL damage, a hip-socket replacement, and spikes of the soles of his sandals. Memorable dates continue to present day, 2009, ending with Viking artifacts being discovered at Leith Links that contain goatskin flasks with traces of a beerlike substance and shepherds' crooks that appear to be deliberately broken in half.

Henry Beard's History of Golf is close to 200 pages of pure fun. A little poke at Michelle Wie for not winning a tour event appears near the end of the book and although Golf was published in 2009 it must have been sometime before Michelle's win in November at the 2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

You won't learn to play better golf with this book but you will find it consists of the very same thing most golfers encounter on the course every day - a whole lot of really ridiculous lies.

Golf: Play the Golf Digest Way
Golf Digest © 2012
Price: $18.81 (Chapters.ca)

Golf: Play the Golf Digest Way is 320 pages clipped out of the Golf Digest magazine and assembled into a book. Despite its size and a lot of colorful pictures there doesn't appear to be much in the way of detail. Everything is a quick tip with a lot left out. Some of the tips and drills are quite old as the photos used show very young recognizable golfers and some clothing looks very outdated.

These type of books really don't thrill me and I try to avoid them as too much of one thing can be very confusing. Often collective books contradict themselves with too many varying ideas. I suggest reading this book as required or in very slow doses.

Golfer's Logbook
Marshall Editions © 2008
Price: $4.99US (Borders)

The Golfer's Logbook is a useful tool if you've got the time to record data while you play. For myself, I have enough trouble remembering to record my score, putts, fairways hit, and greens in regulation without concerning myself with any of the other data identified in the book.

More than half the book contains pages to record 50 games of play. After every 10 games there is a couple of pages to analyse the previous 10. The latter half of the logbook offers "Fault fixer" advice. These tips are the standard things found in most fundamental golf books.

The discount purchase price should be the actual cover price as content is lacking. When log pages are repeated so often the time to produce such a book is minimal. The Golfer's Logbook would best be printed with a softcover rather then the hardcover to keep the price down.

One final note; a few times the book mentions the Stableford method of scoring but nowhere does it explain the method. Although it can easily be found with an Internet search I believe many new golfers will not have any idea what the Stableford method is.

Golfing With Your Eyes Closed
Erin Macy & Tiffany Wilding-White © 2009
Price: $15.29 (Amazon.ca)

Golfing With Your Eyes Closed, not literally speaking, but through enforcing your golf swing with imagery, focus, and other mental techniques. I rather doubt this book will be of much benefit to the average, fun-loving golfer but for someone who competes or has a competitive instinct then this book can reap benefits. The book contains no photos but has a lot of examples and written exercises where you can assess your current state of mind, establish your goals, master your shortfalls, and other personal objectives. Golfing With Your Eyes Closed is well written and well though out. Don't expect to improve your golf swing as the book is focusing on what's between your ears. The nine chapters (holes 1 to 9) will progress you through steps in helping you learn what mental techniques will work for you.

The title and cover of this book will probably deter many prospective buyers. Viewing a blindfolded golfer will confuse a reader into thinking they're going to have to practice with their eyes closed. The title of the book enforces this same thought. Although the title is appropriate once you know the subject matter, I can't help but think the title and cover were a poor selection for sales.

Great Golf Down Under 2
Gary Lisbon © 2010
Price: $69.95AUD (http://www.greatgolfdownunder.com.au)

Great Golf Down Under 2 is much the same as the original Gary Lisbon book Great Golf Down Under. I wasn't aware at the time of my purchase that the books were so similar and so I bought both books. The strength of this 2nd publication is that there is some text content. This was my major complaint of the first edition. Although the pictures are very nice and the book is of very good quality I still find the lack of textual content annoying (even with a bit added). Golf course names head pages but there is no further details about the course. It would be nice to have an accompanying address, city, website, email, phone number, etc. to encourage further investigation.

If you decide to buy either Great Golf Down Under or Great Golf Down Under 2 I would suggest the latter. This book is for a coffee table and offers no instructional material.

Great Golf Down Under
Gary Lisbon © 2008
Price: $69.95AUD (http://www.greatgolfdownunder.com.au)

The first thing that jumped to my attention about Great Golf Down Under was the lack of typed content. My biggest complaint was not being informed about any of the courses photographed in the book. Beyond the "Forward" (written by Michael Clayton; respected Australian golf course architect and former tour player) there is a real lack of any readable text. The name of the golf course simply appears at the beginning of a selection of course photos. Not even the city location accompanies the course name. Being unfamiliar with many of the courses of Australia and New Zealand just giving me the name is not enough. The addition of some easily obtainable information: opening date, designed by, a brief course history, etc., would greatly enhance the book. Don't get me wrong, the pictures in Great Golf Down Under are gorgeous and will make a great addition to any coffee table.

This book has intrigued me for quite some time and I finally broke down and made the purchase. One of the drawbacks of buying a book from overseas is the shipping costs which really drives the price up on anything with weight. However, this book is unique and I can't imagine very many Canadians offering one up for display.

Hank Haney's Essentials of the Swing
Hank Haney © 2009
Price: $18.77 (Chapters.ca)

Hank Haney is a professional golf instructor best known for coaching Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara. You may also have seen him instructing former NBA star Charles Barkley on the Golf Channel's The Haney Project: Charles Barkley. In an attempt to fix Barkley's infamously bad swing Haney was quoted as saying that "Charles' swing looked worse than Helen Keller trying to read."

Essentials of the Swing takes a step-by-step approach in helping you develop a consistent swing. Starting with a 'Plan', Hank Haney is a proponent of starting at 'A' and working until you get to 'Z'. Some of the information in the book appears mimicked in Golf Digest so if you read the magazine some of the information covered will not be new. However, unlike a golf magazine this book gives you all the information under one cover. The images, although in black and white, are helpful and a necessary component of any good golf instruction book.

There's nothing like one-on-one instruction to help develop a good golf swing but if you're not interested in spending the money on lessons then Essentials of the Swing may be the next best thing. After reading only a couple of chapters Hank had me convinced to change my grip.

Harvey Penick's Little Red Book
Harvey Penick © 1992
Price: $11.02 (Amazon.ca)

Harvey Penick's life in golf began when he started caddying at the Austin, (Texas), Country Club at age eight. His stature in the golf world is reflected in the remarkable array of champions he's worked with, both men and women, including U.S. Open champion and one of golf's leading money winners, Tom Kite, Masters champion Ben Crenshaw, and LPGA Hall of Famers Mickey Wright, Betsy Rawls, and Kathy Whitworth. It is not surprising that the Teacher of the Year Award given by the Golf Teachers Association is called the Harvey Penick Award.

After sixty years of keeping notes on the things he's seen and learned and on the golfing greats he's taught, Penick finally let his Little Red Book (named for the red notebook he's always kept) be seen by the golf world. His simple, direct, practical wisdom pares away all the hypertechnical jargon that's grown up around the golf swing, and lets all golfers, whatever their level, play their best. He avoids negative words; when Tom Kite asked him if he should "choke down" on the club for a particular shot, Harvey told him to "grip down" instead, to keep the word "choke" from entering his mind. He advises golfers to have dinner with people who are good putters; their confidence may rub off, and it's certainly better than listening to bad putters complain. And he shows why, if you've got a bad grip, the last thing you want is a good swing.

Throughout, Penick's love of golf and, more importantly, his love of teaching shine through. He gets as much pleasure from watching a beginner get the ball in the air for the first time as he does when one of his students wins the U.S. Open.

Harvey Penick's Little Red Book is an instant classic, a book to rank with Ben Hogan's Modern Fundamentals of Golf and Tommy Armour's How to Play Your Best Golf All the Time.

How To Break 90
T.J. Tomasi, Ph.D. & Mike Adams (with Mike Corcoran) © 2001
Price: $15.83 (Amazon.ca)

For most golfers, shooting a score below 90 is a ticket to respect no matter where you play. How To Break 90 confirms many ideas that we already know yet don't follow in our regular trip to the course. Breaking 90 can be achieved by playing a round using your mind rather then aggression.

Chapter 1 introduces the concept of giving every hole a personal par rather then the one on the scorecard. By simply adding a stroke to every hole on the course a quick tally will show you that adding 18 to a par 72 course will produce a score of 90. Not a revolutionary new idea but it's easy to see that achieving a boogie per hole is much easier then achieving a par.

Following chapters step through every aspect of golf; focusing on finer points of the game that will help shave strokes. The book deals mainly with course management and isn't big on diagrams but the ones that are used really do stress a point.

How To Break 90 introduces sound ideas to produce better golf scores; not just for golfers on the cusp of 90 but for everyone.

How To Improve At Golf
Peter Parks © 2008
Price: $10.33 (Chapters.ca)

I borrowed this book from the local library based on the title only to discover it's written for children aged 7-9. Nowhere on the outside of this book is there any indication as to who the book is written for or the level of instruction provided. A quick scan through How To Improve At Golf and you'll quickly conclude that the book is geared toward someone who has never played the game before. Only the very, very basic golf instruction is provided.

The title of this book should really read How To Start At Golf.

How To Really Stink At Golf
Jeff Foxworthy & Brian Hartt © 2008
Price: $13.72 (Chapters.ca)

Ouch. What a poor excuse for a golf book. How this book ever got to be published in hard cover format I'll never know. From cover to cover How To Really Stink At Golf took me a grand total of 15 minutes to read.

Simply put, How To Really Stink At Golf takes all the positive things to do in golf and reverses them so your game will take a turn for the worse. I think we all know how to do this without having to read it in a book. It is mildly humorous but hardly worth putting it down on paper.

And who would buy this book? I can only think of my local library who generously distributes my tax dollars to starving authors.

One of the words in the title can be used to describe this book. On the upside, the illustrations are very good quality.

How To Quit Golf
Craig Brass © 2001
Price: $0.20 (eBay.ca)

I ran across How To Quit Golf while searching through golf books on eBay. After winning the book with the minimum bid of $0.20 I thought I had a bargain. I stuggled through lame jokes and exagerated actions (I presume intended to be jokes?) and I just couldn't finish reading cover to cover. And with respect to writing a complete review of How To Quit Golf; I have many other things better to do with my time.

There's a reason why books are discounted from their cover price.

How To Throw A Golf Club
Tom Carey © 2006
Price: $8.88 (Amazon.ca)

On the lighter side of things, How to Throw a Golf Club is a thin, 114 large print pages that is more a bathroom companion then any kind of golf instruction book. It's a quick, sometimes truthful, entertaining read that can be related to someone we know (or possibly ourselves).

The book is broken into 12 chapters of golf club throwing history, technique, and cartoons. While the book contains many anecdotes we all know, it takes many of them to the extreme. Some of the content even producing a chuckle.

How to Throw a Golf Club should be looked at as a gift for the golfer who has everything, or better still, a hint to the golfer who actually does need to get his temper under control.

I Call The Shots
Johnny Miller (with Guy Yocom) © 2006
Price: $6.99 (Chapters.ca)

When you listen to Johnny Miller as a golf analyst you'll quickly realize that he doesn't hold much back and tells it the way he sees it. He does the same in his book, I Call The Shots. Often times he brings his successes into the book and, just when you start to get the feeling he's a bit full of himself he does a reality check and pulls himself back to earth.

I Call the Shots isn't a biography; it is an insight into the game of golf today from someone who has played the game at the highest level. He touches topics like, "Can Tiger Catch Jack?" and expresses his concerns for the game of golf and the direction it's heading. His recommendations for rule changes and his insight into the future of the game isn't beyond the realm of this century.

Johnny Miller seems quite obsessed with 'choking' and the 'yips'.  I read the 'yips' so many times throughout the book that I had to look the word up in the dictionary. The 'yips' is described as, "nervous tension that causes an athlete to fail (especially causes golfers to miss short putts)". I half expected to see the origin of the word be Johnny Miller.

Don't expect to receive any golf instruction in this one. It's more of a statement about the game of golf and personal opinions.

I Golfed Across Mongolia
André Tolmé © 2006
Price: $3.99 (Book Warehouse)

What a fun book. Every once an a while it's nice to pick up a golf book that isn't about some teaching technique, golf course, major event, or playing professional.

André Tolmé's goal of golfing across Mongolia is a unique quest that an average person would only dream about. To actually quite your job, grab a 3 iron and a backpack of golf balls, and head off to Mongolia is not something a normal person would do. 90 days golfing, 509 lost balls, 12,170 strokes, and 1985 kilometers later the trek was completed July 10, 2004. Thank goodness André kept his saneness (of what little some would say he has) and was able to share his entertaining cross country and culture adventure.

To read more about André and his epic story, visit his website at: http://golfmongolia.com

Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus © 2007
Price: $5.99 (Borders)

Jack Nicklaus, memories and mementos from Golf's Golden Bear. This book is really an autobiography of one of the greatest golfers in history. Although it's not packed with a lot of detail and facts, it makes up for this by having some rather unique content. The book has sleeves throughout where copies of Jack's personal collectibles from the Jack Nicklaus Museum have been inserted. Items such as; Jack's final British Open scorecard in 2005, design plan for the 8th hole of the Bear's Club, a letter received from Tiger Woods in 1999, Greg Norman's letter after Jack's final U.S. Open in 2000, Jack's first invitation to the Masters in 1959, and there's more.

I found it a bit of a thrill to slide out a copy of a handwritten letter and read the contents. I actually felt I had to handle the letter with care because I didn't want to damage what I thought to be a piece of history.

For a golf aficionado this book will be a treasure. I don't know where Jack Nicklaus finds the time to write all these books but I'm glad he put this one together.

Just a Range Ball in a Box of Titleists
Gary McCord © 1997
Price: $3.99 (Book Warehouse)

Just a Range Ball in a Box of Titleists is a collection of writings by Gary McCord. Gary's professional golf career of 23 years was mixed but his CBS broadcasting years turned him into a bit of an icon. Gary's on-camera commentating provides a nice flavor to a golf tournament but I have to say his writings don't match his screen presence.

The book features 37 short essays ranging from a couple of pages in length while the occasional one may reach up to 10 pages. Some stories are decent while others were a quick page flip.

It was a bit of a tough slug for me to get through this book even with the large print. Sorry Gary, stick to commentary and leave the writing to David Feherty.

Just Let Me Play
Charlie Sifford (with James Gullo) © 1997
Price: $out of print

"Through his determination to play and succeed against tough odds in his early years... he has made himself a symbol that has inspired younger black golfers of his country and the world." - Arnold Palmer

In case you didn't know, Charlie Sifford was the first Black PGA Tour Golfer. This rare book was found at my local public library and I just had to give it a read. I still find it hard to imagine that, in my lifetime, times were this tough for a black golfer to get recognized as a professional golfer.

In 1960, the PGA was forced to issue Charlie Sifford a players card, but being black still made it difficult to get into tour country clubs just to change clothes. Just Let Me Play is a biography of the life of Charlie Sifford that is a highly recommended read.

In 2004, Sifford became the first African American inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He chose the fellow Hall of Fame member South African Gary Player to present him for induction.

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