|Portstewart's Old course is more of a holiday affair. The big |
brother is the Strand course, up the road.
- Do you want a coffee table book with glorious photographs of the golf course?
- Would you prefer a book that includes the scorecard and a layout of the course?
- How about one that copies and pastes the text from the relevant golf course's website?
- Or, are you after something that gets under the skin of a golf course ?
Links of Heaven: A Complete Guide to Golf Journeys in Ireland
|Two for €5. The other book, on the left, has plenty in it to keep you |
entertained for €2.50
What makes the book so special?That's easy. It exposes the soul of every links course on our island... telling its story, its glorious history, and taking you out onto the course, from tee to tee, and green to green. There are quotes from, and stories about, many of the people involved in those clubs, thereby adding a personal touch you don't expect.
True, there are no photos - something people often want (see below) - but this is a rollercoaster read and the writing paints such an idyllic picture that photographs feel superfluous.
Some 35 links courses receive a four to seven page homage, first taking you into the history - be it Old Tom Morris laying out Royal County Down, or a priest rallying the local community to make Connemara Links a reality - and then describing the course, the quirks and the challenges that you will enjoy today. You wouldn't feel out of place walking Narin and Portnoo's fairways, reading the book as you go.
Dozens of other courses are reviewed in detail over the books 368 pages, including the likes of the K Club and Killarney, but you're buying this for the authors' devotion to Ireland's links. If it doesn't inspire you to get out and play these amazing courses, then nothing will!
|View from Narin and Portnoo's 8th tee over the 9th green|