If a book's weightiness were measured strictly by the pound, then James W. Finegan's Where Golf Is Great: The Finest Courses of Scotland and Ireland would have to be the equal of Finnegan's Wake. Finegan, a veteran golf writer, brings the spirit of great travel writing to this massive tome, which includes 750 color photographs, most of them by Lawrence Lambrecht, documenting more than 150 time-honored courses. Finegan's descriptive prose is lavished with impressive detail, and his passionate explication on how to best navigate the courses' challenging fairways and greens will captivate golf-playing readers. Tim Thompson's ancillary photos provide a charming overview of the surrounding Scottish and Celtic villages and castles. This volume's a sure winner for that golf-nut guy, who just might be inspired to take the golf vacation of a lifetime.

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