Tom Coyne’s works have always fit us to a T.
His latest work, A Course Called Scotland (Simon & Schuster, $27), focuses on the heartfelt and humorous celebration of his quest to play golf on every links course in Scotland. For much of his adult life, the bestselling author has been chasing a golf ball around the globe. When he was in college, studying abroad in London, he entered the lottery for a prized tee time in Scotland, grabbed his clubs and jumped on the train to St. Andrews while his friends partied in Amsterdam. Later, he golfed the entirety of Ireland’s coastline, chased pros through the mini-tours, and attended the notoriously grueling PGA Tour Qualifying School.
Yet as he watched the greats compete, he felt something was missing. Then one day a friend suggested he attempt to play every links course in Scotland, and qualify for the greatest championship in golf. The result is A Course Called Scotland, a hilarious golf and travel adventure throughout the birthplace of the sport and home to some of the oldest and most beloved courses in the world, including St. Andrews, Turnberry, Dornoch, Prestwick, Troon and Carnoustie.
With his signature blend of storytelling, humor, history and insight, Coyne weaves together his journey to more than 100 legendary links courses in Scotland with compelling threads of golf history and witty insights into the contemporary home of golf. It is a rollicking love letter to Scotland and golf as no one has attempted it before.