Appearing at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church | 10:00 am – 10:45 am
In conversation with Daron Vaught.
About the author
Tom Coyne is the author of the New York Times bestsellers A Course Called Ireland and A Course Called Scotland, Paper Tiger, and the novel A Gentleman’s Game. He is podcast host and senior editor for The Golfer’s Journal and has written for GOLF Magazine, Golfweek, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. Coyne earned an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Notre Dame, where he won the William Mitchell Award for distinguished achievement. He lives with his wife and two daughters outside Philadelphia, PA.
MFOB featured book: A Course Called America
After playing hundreds of courses overseas, Coyne delivers a rollicking love letter to golf in the United States. In one unforgettable year, Coyne crisscrosses the country in search of its greatest golf experience, playing every course to host a U.S. Open along with more than 200 hidden gems and heavyweights. Packed with fascinating tales from American golf history, comic road misadventures, illuminating insights into course design, and memorable rounds with local golfers and celebrity guests, A Course Called America is an epic narrative travelogue brimming with heart and soul.
Coyne’s journey begins at the historic Newport Country Club, and he 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 connects with hundreds of American golfers, trading stories and swing tips with caddies, pros, and golf buddies for the day.
In the end, Coyne can only rank one stop on his journey as the Great American Golf Course. Throughout his travels, he invites golfers to help shape his judging criteria: Should it be charmingly traditional or daringly experimental? An architectural showpiece or a natural wonder? He discovers his answer in the most unlikely of places.