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Fifty Places to Play Golf Before You Die: Golfing Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations [Hardcover]

Chris Santella
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Book Description

14 Oct 2005
This will not be a book that will attempt to simply detail courses where major championships have been played, but courses whose architecture, noteworthy holes, location, and ambiance make them "must play" venues for passionate golfers. It includes Royal County Down (Ireland), Pebble Beach (California), Bandon Dunes (Oregon), Cape Kidnappers (New Zealand), and the National Golf Links of America (New York). Each chapter will be linked to a golf "guru" or celebrity personality; the featured course will be presented as the individual's recommendation for one of their favorite courses in the world. The expert golfers will include Peter Jacobsen (pro golfer), Pete Dye (famous golf course architect), Brian McCallen (former travel editor of Golf magazine and author of Top 100 Courses You Can Play), Christie Kerr (pro golfer), and Donald Trump. There will also be a foreword by golf pro Mark O'Meara. Chapter contents will include interviews from the recommending personality, a brief bio, a history of the course, an experiential account with as much local colour as possible, and some "if you go" information. This will be the perfect gift for avid golfers and armchair travellers alike.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc; First Printing edition (14 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584794747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584794745
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 18.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Santella is a freelance writer and marketing consultant based in Portland, Oregon. A passionate fly fisher and eager (if largely incompetent) golfer, he writes frequently on these well as many others. After nearly 20 years working in advertising and marketing management, Chris now makes (most) of his living as a writer. He is the author of eight books including the best selling 'Fifty Places to...' series.

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Chris Santella is a freelance writer and marketing consultant based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Travel & Leisure.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too much text too less pictures. 23 April 2009
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Very good for those who want detailed information (prices, locations, etc) about the golf courses. Not good for those, like me, who were looking for essencial information and beautiful pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good gift item for the golfer on your list. 18 Nov 2005
By Bart King - Published on
This really is an attractive volume, and it constitutes a sort of fantasy list of unique golf courses. The author has gone out of his way to avoid many of the "obvious" big name courses that golfers know from televised tournaments. This gives the book an added interest factor, as one can read about exotic courses in such out-of-the-way locales as Morocco and Oregon.

Full Disclosure: I know Chris. He is a genial companion and a talented, assured writer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars O.K. Little Book 17 May 2006
By Carl E. Johnson Jr. - Published on
Notice that the title is not "The Fifty Greatest Golf Courses." My title would be, "Fifty Interesting Places to Play Golf." Whether it's my title or the real title, the emphasis is on "places to play," or "destinations," not golf courses per se. More than fifty golf courses are covered. Which is not to say that the book does not include a lot of great golf courses. The format is mini-coffee table, with several pages of text for each destination and one small picture for most of the destinations. The quality of the printing, photo reproduction and binding in my copy is excellent. The text for each destination has been volunteered by a different prominent golf person. For example, Nick Faldo writes about the Royal Melborne Golf Club (West Course) in the Australian state of Victoria. Alice Dye about the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course (see a connection there?). On the plus side are the quality of the color photos and the introduction (to me) of golf courses in some far away places (e.g., Bhutan, Morocco, India, places, however, I'll never get to). On the minus side, I don't have a prayer of playing some of the U.S. courses, even after I die (e.g., Pine Valley, Sand Hills, National Golf Links of America), which, honestly, the author points out. Finally, why not at least one photo for each destination? From the two page description of the Pacific Grove muni: "[T]he back nine . . . takes you right out to the water and combines incredible views of the Pacific and Monterey Bay with windswept bluffs reminiscent of some of the great courses of Scotland and Ireland." Why no photo of this course? From the two page description of the Torekov Golf Club in Sweden (my ancestral home): ". . .a links-oriented course. . . You can view the sea from all eighteen holes. In the summer, wildflowers are blooming everywhere . . . ." I want a photo, darn it!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Pictures, really nice gift. 2 Feb 2006
By Allen Williams - Published on
Being a golfer, I got this as a gift from one of my relatives. I must say the pictures are outstanding. This book makes me want to travel more to other countries to experience the pleasure of these courses. This book will always have a permanent place in my library. For excellent golf instruction that helped me to drastically reduce my handicap, I recommend,

The Ultimate Golf Instruction Guide: Key Techniques for Becoming a Zero Handicap Golfer or Better, isbn 1933023090


for more great pictures of specific golf holes, I recommend,

Golf Digest 365 Golf Holes Calender 2006, isbn 0761137343.

This maintains a permanent place on my office desk.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Private courses that cose $300K to join 13 Jan 2012
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How on God's green earth to you justify titling a book 50 PLACES TO PLAY GOLF BEFORE YOU DIE, and then proceed to list one private course after another that no ordinary mortal will ever be able to set foot on. They should call it 50 OF THE BEST COURSES YOU WILL NEVER PLAY. Skip it.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 16 Feb 2012
By KP 8802 - Published on
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Apparently, I didnt read the small print. I opened the book up and decided to check out Sand Hills. It's a great golf course and one that I would like to play one day. The only thing is you have to be in the very small percentage of golfers who actually have a membership or have greased one of the memebers palms to play there. It's frickin private!! This is definately not a "Bucket List book" for the average Joe or the other 95% of the population. I mean even I can feasibly see myself playing St. Andrews and Pebble Beach one day. I can't blame the author though, ask a bunch of prominent people in the golf biz a simple question, get invited to the course, mention a little bit about the person and the course and presto......a book... and free greens fees. Save your money for the next book that comes out "50 Public golf course you can play before you die".
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