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Many doglegs ago, golfers first took to the Scottish heather. The New Encyclopedia of Golf brings readers to the beginnings of golf and back again with a history of the sport, a tour of 100 of the today's finest courses, and biographies of heroes past (Old Tom Morris, Andrew Kirkaldy, Ben Hogan) and present (Jesper Parnevik, Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods, Se Ri Pak).
Widely thought to have originated on the east coast of Scotland, golf is also depicted in Dutch Renaissance art -- some even trace its origins back to the Roman Empire. Late-19th-century industrialization was accompanied by a corresponding golf boom. The game has progressed along with the equipment used to play it: Featheries, gutties, bulgers, baffies, brassies, and niblicks have given way to rubber-core golf balls, steel and titanium drivers, and an assortment of wedges. The evolution of golf has even witnessed several generations of tees.
The 14th-century Scottish, Flemish, and Dutch golfers could hardly have imagined playing such courses as Augusta, Desert Highlands, or Pebble Beach. Today's enthusiasts, however, can do plenty of armchair golfing with illustrations and layouts of the world's majestic courses, complete with championship lengths and course records. Biographies of Hall of Fame golfers, renowned course architects, and golf gurus are also included in this compendium. Finishing off the book is a records and reference section and a glossary of golf terms. Best of luck in scoring an albatross, and avoid the yips! (Brenn Jones)