To the Nines

Published By: Sports Media Group

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Sports & Recreation

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Reviewed by Bob Pike CSP, CPAE-Speakers Hall of Fame

Are you a golfer? Did you grow up playing on public or municipal ("muni") golf courses? Then you'll probably relate to the stories told in To the Nines. golfers who might think that golf is only golf on a full 18 course, but those of us who have played many rounds on a nine-hole course would say otherwise.

Pioppi chronicles the history of some of the best nine-hole courses ever developed, starting with Highland Links, a course originally developed to help attract tourists to the area near Cape Cod's first lighthouse, Highland Light, and the Highland's Resort built near it. When he describes the layout, the scenery, as well as the history, you actually feel you are there--especially as you play the par 3 ninth at 136 yards to an elevated green with the lighthouse right behind it.

Almost every golfer worth his salt knows about the tracks famous golf architects designed: Donald Ross' Pinehurst #2, George Thomas' Whitemarsh Valley, and others.

This book shares the details of the nine-hole gems each of these masters also created. It also let's the reader experience some of the well-known (for their time) competitions that were played on these nine hole tracks, as well as the nationally known golfers who honed their games on these courses.

This is an easy and fascinating read--especially for those northern golfers who are now missing being able to get out on the links themselves.

Armchair Interviews says: Unique look at golf's nine hole courses.

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