Best golf books and films to consume on lockdown

All those things you said you’d do if you had more time. Let us guess, you’re not doing them, right? You’ve got lockdown lethargy. We’ll also assume the television is in overdrive and you’re leafing through books like a PHD student.

Well, in this time of golfing prohibition, you can get but a smidgen of your fix from golf books and films. But beware.

Like most things in our sport, literature and film output has been hit (as in a flushed 3-iron) and miss (as in shanked driver).

To ensure you navigate this stinking cesspit of content, we’ve drawn up a list of the best books and films to keep you entertained and informed while in lockdown.


Golf in the Kingdom by Michael Murphy

Fairways and Greens and the Dogged Victims of Inexorable fate by Dan Jenkins

Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book

Golf is my Game by Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones Stroke of Genius by David Sobel

Grounds for Golf by Geoff Shackleford

The Spirit of St Andrews by Alister MacKenzie

The Amateurs by John Niven

On Learning Golf by Percy Boomer

Afternoons with Mr Hogan by Jody Vasquez

Phantom of the Open by Simon Farnaby (audiobook especially good)



The Legend of Bagger Vance

Happy Gilmore

The Greatest Game ever played

Tin Cup

The Short Game

Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk

The Founders

Uneven Fairways

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