A Course Called America - Tom Coyne

A Course Called America

By Tom Coyne

  • Release Date: 2021-05-25
  • Genre: Golf
Score: 4.5
From 71 Ratings



Globe-trotting golfer Tom Coyne has finally come home. And he’s ready to play all of it.

After playing hundreds of courses overseas in the birthplace of golf,​ Coyne, the bestselling author of A Course Called Ireland and A Course Called Scotland, returns to his own birthplace and delivers a “heartfelt, rollicking ode to golf…[as he] describes playing golf in every state of the union, including Alaska: 295 courses, 5,182 holes, 1.7 million total yards” (The Wall Street Journal).

In the span of one unforgettable year, Coyne crisscrosses the country in search of its greatest golf experience, playing every course to ever host a US Open, along with more than two hundred hidden gems and heavyweights, visiting all fifty states to find a better understanding of his home country and countrymen.

Coyne’s journey begins where the US Open and US Amateur got their start, historic Newport Country Club in Rhode Island. As he travels from the oldest and most elite of links to the newest and most democratic, Coyne finagles his way onto coveted first tees (Shinnecock, Oakmont, Chicago GC) between rounds at off-the-map revelations, like ranch golf in Eastern Oregon and homemade golf in the Navajo Nation. He marvels at the golf miracle hidden in the sand hills of Nebraska and plays an unforgettable midnight game under bright sunshine on the summer solstice in Fairbanks, Alaska.

More than just a tour of the best golf the United States has to offer, Coyne’s quest connects him with hundreds of American golfers, each from a different background but all with one thing in common: pride in welcoming Coyne to their course. Trading stories and swing tips with caddies, pros, and golf buddies for the day, Coyne adopts the wisdom of one of his hosts in Minnesota: the best courses are the ones you play with the best people.

But, in the end, only one stop on Coyne’s journey can be ranked the Great American Golf Course. Throughout his travels, he invites golfers to debate and help shape his criteria for judging the quintessential American course. Should it be charmingly traditional or daringly experimental? An architectural showpiece or a natural wonder? Countless conversations and gut instinct lead him to seek out a course that feels bold and idealistic, welcoming yet imperfect, with a little revolutionary spirit and a damn good hot dog at the turn. He discovers his long-awaited answer in the most unlikely of places.

Packed with fascinating tales from American golf history, comic road misadventures, illuminating insights into course design, and many a memorable round with local golfers and celebrity guests alike, A Course Called America is “a delightful, entertaining book even nongolfers can enjoy” (Kirkus Reviews).


  • Entertaining

    By NKEN87
    It’s at times lengthy while providing descriptions of courses most will never get to play but it has a good heart and made me appreciate what a great game golf is…no matter where you play
  • A Fantastic Journey

    By MarkF785
    More than golf. Loved every bit of this journey and reminds you why we play the game. Excellent. Couldn’t put it down.
  • An adventure in golf nostalgia

    By Pionski
    Having read Tom’s books on Ireland and Scotland, I couldn’t wait to read his newest book. It was just wonderful. Twenty-eight years ago, I was asked to join three high school friends to play in what they called The Bethpage Open, Bethpage being the courses where these Long Islanders first played golf. Four trips to Ireland and playing many of the courses that Tom played in writing his new book brought back many memories of our “Open” experiences every year of the past twenty-eight. I have recommended the book (books) to all my golfing friends. I felt like a caddy on his wonderful journey!!!