Always on the lookout for interesting new golf books, we stumbled across The American Private Club Guide, just published this year. Written by Daniel Wexler, who has produced several interesting golf books in the past.
This book focuses on private golf clubs instead of public courses. The product description from the publisher:
“Over the decades, the game of golf has witnessed all manner of books profiling the “Great Courses You Can Play,” with countless state, regional and national titles highlighting America’s best public and resort facilities. The American Private Golf Club Guide, however, is entirely different, for it is a guidebook dedicated to the nation’s private clubs – 1,000 of them in particular which, given the number of multi-course facilities covered, adds up to more than 1,165 profiled courses. Its purpose is to provide accurate, detailed and candid assessments of the country’s best and most important private golf facilities, in order to aid the traveling golfer in determining where he or she might wish to play. Club profiles range from 150-400 words and also include complete contact information, a course’s current national/state ranking(s) and a unique five-star Collectability Rating – a new course rating method entirely exclusive to the Guide. Also something of a reference volume for historians and architectural aficionados, The American Private Golf Club Guide is the first of MT III Golf Media’s series of national and regional course guidebooks, and is an indispensable source of information to golfers nationwide. ”
The book does offer honest assessments, which are quite difficult to get in this era of hyper public relations. As with Wexler’s other works it is well done and joins our bookshelf as a valuable reference guide alongside Tom Doak’s The Confidential Guide to Golf.