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About the Author

Chris Santella, author of STC's Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die, is a freelance writer and marketing consultant based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Travel & Leisure, among other publications.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; First Edition edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584794747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584794745
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Santella is a freelance writer and marketing consultant whose work has appeared in the New York Times among other publications. He is also the author of Stewart, Tabori and Chang’s Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die, Fifty Places to Play Golf Before You Die, Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die, and Fifty Favorite Fly-Fishing Tales. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Bart King on November 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This really is an attractive volume, and it constitutes a sort of fantasy list of unique golf courses. The author has gone out of his way to avoid many of the "obvious" big name courses that golfers know from televised tournaments. This gives the book an added interest factor, as one can read about exotic courses in such out-of-the-way locales as Morocco and Oregon.

Full Disclosure: I know Chris. He is a genial companion and a talented, assured writer.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Carl E. Johnson Jr. on May 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Notice that the title is not "The Fifty Greatest Golf Courses." My title would be, "Fifty Interesting Places to Play Golf." Whether it's my title or the real title, the emphasis is on "places to play," or "destinations," not golf courses per se. More than fifty golf courses are covered. Which is not to say that the book does not include a lot of great golf courses. The format is mini-coffee table, with several pages of text for each destination and one small picture for most of the destinations. The quality of the printing, photo reproduction and binding in my copy is excellent. The text for each destination has been volunteered by a different prominent golf person. For example, Nick Faldo writes about the Royal Melborne Golf Club (West Course) in the Australian state of Victoria. Alice Dye about the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course (see a connection there?). On the plus side are the quality of the color photos and the introduction (to me) of golf courses in some far away places (e.g., Bhutan, Morocco, India, places, however, I'll never get to). On the minus side, I don't have a prayer of playing some of the U.S. courses, even after I die (e.g., Pine Valley, Sand Hills, National Golf Links of America), which, honestly, the author points out. Finally, why not at least one photo for each destination? From the two page description of the Pacific Grove muni: "[T]he back nine . . . takes you right out to the water and combines incredible views of the Pacific and Monterey Bay with windswept bluffs reminiscent of some of the great courses of Scotland and Ireland." Why no photo of this course? From the two page description of the Torekov Golf Club in Sweden (my ancestral home): ". . .a links-oriented course. . . You can view the sea from all eighteen holes. In the summer, wildflowers are blooming everywhere . . . ." I want a photo, darn it!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Allen Williams on February 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Being a golfer, I got this as a gift from one of my relatives. I must say the pictures are outstanding. This book makes me want to travel more to other countries to experience the pleasure of these courses. This book will always have a permanent place in my library. For excellent golf instruction that helped me to drastically reduce my handicap, I recommend,

The Ultimate Golf Instruction Guide: Key Techniques for Becoming a Zero Handicap Golfer or Better, isbn 1933023090

and

for more great pictures of specific golf holes, I recommend,

Golf Digest 365 Golf Holes Calender 2006, isbn 0761137343.

This maintains a permanent place on my office desk.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lit Agent on January 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
How on God's green earth to you justify titling a book 50 PLACES TO PLAY GOLF BEFORE YOU DIE, and then proceed to list one private course after another that no ordinary mortal will ever be able to set foot on. They should call it 50 OF THE BEST COURSES YOU WILL NEVER PLAY. Skip it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KP 8802 on February 16, 2012
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Apparently, I didnt read the small print. I opened the book up and decided to check out Sand Hills. It's a great golf course and one that I would like to play one day. The only thing is you have to be in the very small percentage of golfers who actually have a membership or have greased one of the memebers palms to play there. It's frickin private!! This is definately not a "Bucket List book" for the average Joe or the other 95% of the population. I mean even I can feasibly see myself playing St. Andrews and Pebble Beach one day. I can't blame the author though, ask a bunch of prominent people in the golf biz a simple question, get invited to the course, mention a little bit about the person and the course and presto......a book... and free greens fees. Save your money for the next book that comes out "50 Public golf course you can play before you die".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Fryklund on February 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Part coffee table book, part guidebook, this well-produced volume features fifty recommendations of some of the greatest courses in the world. Author Chris Santella asked esteemed golf industry professionals around the world to recommend their favorite course. Those interviewed by the author include such golf luminaries as Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Pete Dye, Peter Jacobsen, Nick Faldo, and Dave Pelz. The content of each course description is approached like a magazine article, with quotes from each interview interwoven with well-written descriptions of the course and a few special holes. The accompanying photos are excellent, and the "If You Go" section at the end of each course provide some basic directions on how to get to the course, where to stay, and how to book your round. A very-nice book.

-Bryan Fryklund, author of The Golf Fanatic's Guide to Hawaii
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Format: Hardcover
I got this book as a gift for my boyfriend who's loves to golf. It's well written with pretty good quality images. On the negative side, some of the information is a bit outdated now with the book being published in 2005. Also, I expected the book to be bigger, it just seems a bit on the small side for a gift (ok, my own fault since I didn't look at the dimensions before ). So in the end I also bought a bigger more recent and more deluxe book (Golf Resorts Top of the World Volume 2 by Stefan Maiwald). Worked out great and he loved both.
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