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Off The Beaten Cart Path: Uncovering the Stories of America's Little Known, but Beloved, Golf Courses

Off The Beaten Cart Path: Uncovering the Stories of America's Little Known, but Beloved, Golf Courses

Dave Marrandette

ISBN: 978-0-471-97997-5

Aug 2006

176 pages

Select type: Hardcover


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What if you had six months to travel the country and play golf?

Not as a pro golfer with access to Tournament Players Club courses but simply as an enthusiastic player, Dave Marrandette searched out and played nineteen of the most obscure and endlessly enjoyable hidden courses in the United States. Off the Beaten Cart Path introduces you to the histories, idiosyncrasies, and loyal players that breathe life and character into these hidden community courses. If you love golf, the stories connected with these courses will reaffirm the genuine pulse of the game, as if you were teeing off again for the first time.

Introduction 1

Every Golf Course Has a Story Every Book Has a Story

“In the Heartland” 16
Bear Creek Golf Course
Forest City, Iowa

“I Did It My Way” 24
Belden Hill Golf Club
Harpursville, New York

“The Raceway” 32
Canyon Breeze Golf Course
Beaver, Utah

“Little Course on the Prairie” 40
Chamberlain Country Club
Oakoma, South Dakota

“The Course of Dreams” 48
Garner Golf & Country Club
Garner, Iowa

“Why I Love Golf” 54
Gator Landing Golf Club and Campground
Hawthorne, Florida

“Golf Magazine Presents…” 60
Gray Plantation
Lake Charles, Louisiana

“For the Love of the Game” 68
Great Oaks Golf Course
Marianna, Florida

“Movie Town” 76
Mountain View Golf Course
Van Horn, Texas

“For Love of Country” 84
Rio Mimbres Golf Course
Deming, New Mexico

“The Gift” 92
Rochelle Ranch Golf Course
Rawlins, Wyoming

“Down the Up River” 100
San Pedro Golf Course
Benson, Arizona

“Golf and Garden Tools” 106
Santa Rita Golf Club
Corona, Arizona

“America the Beautiful” 114
Sky Mountain Golf Course
Hurricane, Utah

“Old Man River” 124
Suwannee Country Club
Live Oak, Florida

“Après Ski” 132
Swiss Fairways Golf Course
Clermont, Florida

“The Little Course That Could” 140
The Pines
Clermont, New Jersey

“Aces and Eights” 146
Tomahawk Country Club
Deadwood, South Dakota

“The Old West” 152
Turquoise Valley Golf Course
Naco, Arizona

Conclusion 161
Searching for the Spirit of Golf

Index 165

"…was published last year and has garnered the most attention of any of his books to date." (Westborough News, February 16, 2007)