The original edition of The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses was written when Tom Doak was 27, for forty of his friends: a dead-honest review of every course he had seen in his travels, and whether it was worth going out of their way to see. Its uncensored, pithy and insightful reviews quickly became controversial, but also a must-have collector’s item, with Xeroxed pirate copies circulating around the golf business until the book was officially published in 1996. In this completely new edition, loaded with fantastic photography, Tom reviews every one of the more than 1,500 courses he has seen to date, and his three co-authors bring the total up to more than 2,000 courses around the world. If a course is worth seeing, it’s in the book — and if it’s not worth seeing, The Confidential Guide will save you the trouble and expense of finding out for yourself.
Volume 4, covering Continental Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, is currently on hold due to COVID travel restrictions, and won’t be published until 2022 or 2023.