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The Golf Lover's Guide to Scotland (Paperback)

Hobbies & Lifestyle > Sport Hobbies & Lifestyle > Travel World History > UK & Ireland > Scotland

By Michael Whitehead
Imprint: White Owl
Series: City Guides
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 80 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526733771
Published: 24th July 2019
Last Released: 21st August 2023



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Every golf course around the globe has one thing in common – they are all unique. No two courses are ever the same. Golf is the only major sport that offers a different experience wherever you go.

Universally regarded as the birthplace of the modern game, Scotland can boast some of the finest courses in the world. Royal Troon, Turnberry and the fabled Old Course, St Andrews to name just a few. These are the courses all keen golfers would wish to play given the opportunity.

This guide offers a golfer everything they would require to enjoy a great round of golf at the best courses Scotland has to offer. You will find all the essential information you need here - par scores, yardage, prices, booking procedure, history and how best to play the course.

This is a first for Bookshelf and no doubt golfing residents and visitors to Devon will be delighted to have a handbook dedicated to the sport of 18 holes.

Devon Life, Summer Special 2021

★★★★★ Great book about playing golf in Scotland

For any golf lover, Michael Whitehead’s ‘The Golf Lover’s Guide to Scotland’ is an invaluable insight into some of the most well-known courses in Scotland as well as some of the country’s ‘hidden gems’. The book beautifully balances the history of golf and the golf courses themselves with useful factual information, such as how to book a round, and tips into how to play the courses. It is clear that the author has gone that extra mile when researching the book including personal visits to the courses and endorsements from club secretaries and club professionals. Anyone planning on visiting Scotland to play golf should get hold of this book.

Amazon Customer

As featured in the top 37 Scottish Travel Books by My Voyage Scotland

My Voyage Scotland, June 2020

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The Oban Times, 2nd January 2020

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Irish Examiner, 3rd December 2019 – words by Kevin Markham

Wonderful photographs are also included for every course showing the beautiful and varied scenery of Scotland.

This delightful book also includes the history of each course and, whether you are a history buff or not, it makes for interesting reading. The information given was never dry or boring and I certainly learnt a lot of historical facts from this book.

The Golf Lover’s Guide to Scotland truly is a book where pure enjoyment leaps from every page.

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For the Love of Books

The Golf Lover’s Guide To Scotland packs a lot of information into its 175 glossy color pages. The book would be easy to slip into a bag at just 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches.

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Golf Blogger

There are few golfers in the world who don’t yearn for a Scottish golf trip one day and this book will most definitely whet your appetite and help you plan that special trip. And for those of us who have already played many of the courses, it definitely provides plenty of inspiration for where to head to next.

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UK Golf Guy

'A look at the latest Scottish books by Stephanie Abbot'

Scottish Field, December 2019

As you’ve probably gleaned, The Golf Lover’s Guide to Scotland is very well written and treads a deft line between the scholarly and the light-hearted... I closed the book wanting to hop on a train, travel up to the Auld Grey shores and play golf: you can’t pay a travel book a higher compliment than that.

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British Travel Journal, September 2019

★★★★★Highly recommend this great book!

Wonderful book, definitely makes you want to organise a trip to Scotland.

Amazon Customer, September 2019

★★★★★ Fantastic book about the great courses and some hidden gems.

Wonderful book with exceptional information and hidden secrets of the fantastic courses from the home of golf. The content and detail are first class and coupled with the stunning pictures makes this an eye catching book. Especially like the sections on the lesser known, hidden gem courses. A must for golf lovers who are thinking of going to play these great courses or just for the everyday golf lover.

Amazon Customer, August 2019

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Women & Golf, September/October 2019

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I've just finished reading The Golf Lovers Guide to Scotland by Michael Whitehead and I must say that its better than any golf book I have read beFORE; I just couldn't PUTT it down. It's definitely on PARR with my favourite books.

Of COURSE I finished the WHOLE book IN ONE. This book is DRIVING me to improve my game, but I have a FAIRWAY to go.

Brilliant book.

Waterstones Customer, August 2019

Comprehensive guide to the best golf courses.

Bookseller Buyers Guide

There’s plenty of practical information for the golfer of course, par information and golfing type hazards on each course, but there is also historical information about each course that caught my interest. All along with lovely photos to tempt both the golfers and those just along to enjoy the scenery.

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Cayocosta 72, Rose Smith

A book designed with great attention to detail.

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About Michael Whitehead

Michael Whitehead is the author of the inaugural book in this series, ‘The Golf Lover’s Guide To Scotland’, described as “immaculately designed and crammed with beautiful photography…as essential as rain gear and extra golf balls when packing for your next trip to Scotland.”
Since he was a young man, Whitehead, like most modest handicappers, has shared an unrequited love affair with the game of golf. He has, and will always, love playing it, watching it and writing about it.

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