7 great golf books any golf fan would love for the holidays

Best golf books

Happy holidays from, your one-stop shop when it comes to looking for gifts for the golfer in your life. (Or yourself. We won’t tell.) This year we’ve compiled the best of the best to make your shopping experience a breeze. Not only will we recommend our favorite products, we’ll tell you where to buy them. For more holiday gift ideas, visit our Best Of Everything hub, or browse GOLF’s Pro Shop.

With the weather cooling off and golf shutting down for the winter in many parts of the country, you might begin to have some withdrawal symptoms. But just because you can’t chase that little white ball around doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected to the game — and what better way to do that than reading up on some of the best literature on the game?

There are a bevy of options out there regarding this game we love so dearly, from books on how to stay sharp on your fundamentals or a golfy tale to get lost in. We compiled some of our favorites to get you through the winter — and they all make great holiday gifts as well. (For more books, including ones recommended by you, the reader, click here.)

7 great golf books to read

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Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book

Required reading for golfers of any skill level. Penick was a long-time instructor in Austin, Texas, who kept detailed notes throughout his career. Penick simplifies his explanations with advice everyone can understand.
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The Last Stand of Payne Stewart

In “The Last Stand,” Kevin Robbins tells the story of Stewart — and all of his flaws — through the lens of his 1999 season, highlighted by a dramatic U.S. Open victory.
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Slaying the Tiger

In “Slaying the Tiger,” Shane Ryan takes readers inside the ropes, and inside the changing of the guard on the PGA Tour, during the 2014 season.
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18 in America

This memoir from’s own Dylan Dethier shares his journey across America, playing golf in each of the lower 48 states. The book is honest, insightful and well-written.
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One for the Memory Banks

“One for the Memory Banks” is a hilarious and poignant memoir about Luke Reese’s fascination-turned-obsession with golf and the friendships forged by a mutual love of the game played on great courses.
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The Big Miss

Hank Haney was Tiger Woods’ coach from 2004 to 2010, helping him win 31 tournaments and six majors. In that time, he had access to Tiger that no one else had..
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Tales from Q School: Inside Golf’s Fifth Major

From legendary sportswriter John Feinstein, “Tales from Q School” takes you inside “golf’s fifth major.” Q school is a grind like no other, and Feinstein takes you on the epic journey.
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