Here is a selection of recommended golf books covering amateur golf and golfers that you may find interesting: –

‘The Amateur – The Story of The Amateur Golf Championship 1885-1995’ by John Behrend
Grant Books (1995) – 255 pages

The Amateur

The definitive history of The Amateur Championship.

‘John Ball of Hoylake’ by John Behrend
Grant Books (1989) – 108 pages

John Ball of Hoylake

The first biography of Britain’s great amateur golfer Johnny Ball.

‘The Bruen Loop’ by George F. Crosby
Mercer Press (1998) – 158 pages


The story of the famous Irish golfer utilising the Bruen family’s personal cuttings, photographs, letters, wires, scorecards and championship badges.

‘Harold Hilton His Golfing Life and Times’ by John LB Garcia
Grant Books (1992) A Limited Edition Of 750 Copies – 121 pages

Harold Hilton Garcia Book

A biography of the great Royal Liverpool amateur who won The Open, The Amateur and the U.S. Amateur.

‘The King Of Swings’ by Michael Blaine
Houghton Mifflin (2006) – 314 pages


The inspiring story of Johnny Goodman. Goodman was the underdog who beat Bobby Jones to win the 1929 U.S. Amateur and went on to win the 1933 U.S. Open, the last amateur do so.

‘Out of the Rough – Booze, Birdies and a Driving Ambition: The Story of Barclay Howard’ by Barclay Howard with Jonathan Russell
Mainstream Publishing (2001) – 192 pages

Barclay Howard Out OF The Rough Book

The candid autobiography of the Scottish golfer who fought alcoholism to make it to the top of the amateur game in his 40’s before tragically contracting leukaemia.

‘The Match’ by Mark Frost
Hyperion (2007) – 250 pages

The story of the Amateur v. Professionals match, played by Ken Venturi and E. Harvie Ward against Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, at Cypress Point Golf Club in California on 10th January 1956.

‘For Love Or Money’ by Peter McEvoy
HarperSport (1996) – 266 pages

PM For Love Or Money

A humorous trip through the great amateur career of the legendary GB&I player and captain.

‘The Women Golfer: A Lifetime of Golfing Success’ by Belle Robertson and Lewine Mair
Mainstream Publishing (1988) – 138 pages


The legendary Scottish amateur golfer Belle Robertson reveals the secrets of her success and unprecedented longevity in the game.

‘F. G. Tait: A Record – Being His Life. Letters And Golfing Diary’ by John L. Low
J. Nisbet and Co. Ltd (1900) / The Classics of Golf Ailsa Inc (1988) – 304 pages

FG Tait- A Record Low Book

The tragic story of amateur golfing champion Lieutenant Freddie Tait.  The first golf biography ever written and one of the most comprehensive.

‘The Walker Cup 1922 to 1999 Golf’s Finest Contest’ by Gordon G Simmonds 
Grant Books (2000) – 280 pages


The definitive story of amateur golf’s premier team contest.

‘The Walker Cup 1922 to 2003 Golf’s Finest Contest’ by Gordon G Simmonds 
Grant Books (2nd edition, 2004 revised and enlarged) – 309 pages

Book Walker Cup

The updated definitive story of amateur golf’s premier team contest.

‘Joyce Wethered The Great Lady Of Golf’ by Basil Ashton Tinkler
Tempus Publishing Limited (2004) – 256 pages

Joyce Wethered Book

The first and only biography of the most talented women golfer in the history of the game.

‘Golfing Memories And Methods’ by Joyce Wethered
Sportsman’s Book Club (1951 – originally published in 1934) – 255 pages


Wethered’s autobiography on her golfing career and approach to the game.

‘Golf As I Play It’ by Ronnie White
G. Bell and Sons Ltd (1953) – 159 pages


The instructional book from arguably the world’s best amateur golfer in the post-World War II period.

‘The Long And The Short Of It – The Autobiography Of Britain’s Greatest Amateur Golfer’ by Gary Wolstenholme MBE
John Blake (2010) – 303 pages

Book Gary Wolstenholme

The story of perhaps the last career amateur and Walker Cup stalwart.

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