When Ken Venturi was asked to pick his five favourite golf books this was amongst them: “I started going to Ireland to play golf two decades ago and fell in love with the courses there. They are timeless treasures of golf architecture, built before bulldozers were used to shape courses. This is not a coffee-table book about Irish golf; it’s a history of courses such as Lalinch, Ballybunion and Royal County Down. It’s also a practical guide, with detailed descriptions of holes and even trip-planning information. Modern courses, with all their creeks and valleys and ponds, tell you how to play each hole–everyone hits the same shot. In Ireland, it’s bump-and-run golf, where each player’s creativity comes into play. And imagine this: You walk the courses instead of riding in carts. This is an irreplaceable book about one of my favorite places.”
Updated in March 2007.