5 TOMMY'S HONOR:
THE STORY OF OLD TOM MORRIS AND YOUNG TOM MORRIS, GOLF'S FOUNDING FATHER AND
SON by Kevin Cook (Gotham Books, $27.50) Cook's superbly researched study of
Old Tom, his star-crossed son and their contemporaries brings the characters to
life by adding context and detail to historical record.
4 TY AND THE
BABE--THE INCREDIBLE SAGA OF BASEBALL'S FIERCEST RIVALS: THE FORGING OF A
SURPRISING FRIENDSHIP AND THE BATTLE FOR THE 1941 HAS-BEENS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
by Tom Stanton (Thomas Dunne Books, $23.95) The subtitle is a mouthful, but
Stanton's chronicle of how these colorful diamond dogs carried their
antagonisms to the golf course goes down smoothly.
3 PLANET GOLF: THE
DEFINITIVE REFERENCE TO GREAT GOLF COURSES OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES by Darius
Oliver; photographs by David Scaletti (Abrams Books, $60) Big and brassy,
Planet scours the globe to deliver the kind of money-shot photos and redolent
prose that sends armchair golfers into winter reveries.
2 PREFERRED LIES:
A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF SCOTTISH GOLF by Andrew Greig (Thomas Dunne Books,
$23.95) The premise--renewal through reconnection to the game--isn't new, but
Greig brings a refreshing sense of intimacy to trips to the Old Course, North
Berwick and Royal Dornoch.
1 JOURNEY THROUGH
THE LINKS by David Worley (Aurum Press, $50) Visiting 155 linksland courses in
England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Journey is a rarity among large-format
golf books: a marvelous combination of stunning photography and elegant