In addition to classic golf books and those that tell great stories, we also like quirky golf books. A new find certainly fits the bill. The Club Menu : Signature Dishes from America’s Premier Golf Clubs was published in 2009 by Pindar Press.
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Although kind of a goofy idea for a book, it works really well. It features some interesting dishes from some of the top golf courses in the United States:
Ballyneal’s Pheasant Sausage
Baltusrol’s Blueberry Pancakes
Cherry Hill’s Cherry Pie
East Lake’s Ginger Snaps (a favorite of Bobby Jones)
Maidstone CLub’s Chowder
Merion’s Shephard’s Pie
Oakmont’s Big Mouth Sandwich
Riviera’s Kobe Beef Sliders
50 clubs/dishes are featured in total but the book’s coup de grace comes from Bandon Dunes. For anyone who has been to the remote Oregon outpost and enjoyed Grandma’s Meatloaf, the recipe is here!!!
A personal favorite I ended up making was the Olympic Club “Burger Dog” garnished with relish, mustard, pickles and onions, which sounds odd, but is fabulous. When professional tournaments are held at Olympic (site of the 2012 U.S. Open) they sell over 2,500 a day.
The book has nice pictures of each dish presented and brief but interesting stories about the dish and the club. Bon appetite. Would make a nice gift for the lover of food and golf.
Although certainly unique, it is not the first golf book published about food. Soups Salads and Dips for the 19th Hole was published in 1986, although it was only 24 pages and privately printed.