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The Finest Nines

The Best Nine-Hole Golf Courses in North America

Foreword by Zac Blair
Published by Skyhorse
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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Finally, nine-hole golf courses are getting their due! The goals of this colorful, practical book is to recognize and celebrate the US and Canadian courses that have been overlooked for too long by golfers and so-called golf experts.

Over the past few years, perhaps due to an increase in work and family commitments, there has been a noticeable rise in the number of golfers interested in playing nine-hole courses. Although there are close to eight thousand such courses worldwide, how do golfers determine which are the best ones to play?

In The Finest Nines, golf writer and historian Anthony Pioppi highlights the twenty-five finest nine-hole courses in North America and details how to play each one. Some of the courses featured include:

  • Whitinsville Golf Club, Whitinsville, Massachusetts
  • Sweetens Cove Golf Club, South Pittsburg, Tennessee
  • Birchwood Country Club, Westport, Connecticut
  • LivingStone Golf Course, Calgary, Alberta
  • Aetna Springs Golf Course, Pope Valley, California
  • Hooper Golf Course, Walpole, New Hampshire
  • The Course at Sewanee, Sewanee, Tennessee
  • Edgartown Golf Club, Edgartown, Massachusetts
  • Uplands Golf and Ski Club, Thornhill Ontario, Canada
  • Winter Park Golf Course, Winter Park, Florida
  • And many more!

This book also includes an interview with course designer and architect Mike Nuzzo about designing a nine-hole golf course in the modern era as well as profiles of courses that have a non-traditional number of holes.

The Finest Nines is the perfect gift for the avid golfer who does not have the time to play a full eighteen holes!

Anthony Pioppi is a golf writer, historian, and archaeologist. He is the author of three books and coauthor of one. A senior writer for Superintendent Magazine, he has also contributed to the USGA website and Golf Course Architecture magazine. Pioppi is the executive director of the Seth Raynor Society and a member of the St. Andrews Golf Club, Scotland. He resides in Middletown, Connecticut, and caddies on weekends.