5 Aside: Great Reads to Inspire Your Next Golf Trip

 In Golf & Travel

A Course Called Ireland

By Tom Coyne

A Course Called Ireland is simple yet so powerful – detailing what is possible for those who dream of an epic golfing adventure in Ireland. Even the most die-hard probably wouldn’t fancy walking the entire coast of Ireland, but the concept of strolling into coastal towns and villages for a pint and a round of golf is bucket-list worthy.

A Course Called Ireland

A Course Called Scotland

By Tom Coyne

As a follow-up to Coyne’s best-selling book about Ireland, he details his journey around the links courses of Scotland in search of the secret to the game as he prepares for Open Championship Qualifying. It’s a great reference for those with aspirations of an epic trip to golf’s home, with nuggets of information about the best know Open Hosts courses as well as an introduction to some otherwise unknown links in the nooks and crannies of remote Scotland.

A Course Called Scotland

Golf In The Kingdom

By Michael Murphy

It’s not for everyone, but this is a book that can inspire those who connect with it. For some it will elicit curiosity about the mysterious Links of Burningbush. For others it will enhance their golfing experiences, perhaps even introducing a spiritual aspect to the game. It’s the perfect book to read just before or during a trip across the pond to truly connect with a bucket list Scottish Golf experience.

Golf in the Kingdom

To the Linksland

By Michael Bamberger

A fantastic read for golf fanatics, Bamberger inspires adventure and self-discovery on your next trip. It’s a great reminder that the best golf trips are about Who and Why as much as What and Where. Certain experiences across his ear-long journey are sure to connect with your golfing soul and will not only galvanize support for a trip to Machrihanish or the Home of Golf, but enhance your travels as well.


  1. Blasted Heaths and Blessed Greens

  2. Emerald Fairways and Foam-Flecked Seas

  3. All Courses Great And Small

All By James W. Finegan

If you can’t decide where to go or where to play, Finegan does a great job bringing to life the courses and holes that could comprise your next trip across three separate books encompassing Scotland, Ireland, and England/Wales. Furthermore, he even sheds light on where to stay, visit and eat during your travels. You’ll likely end up with a dozen trip ideas that tickle your fancy which just means that you better get started planning your next trip soon.

James Finegan