Originally published in 1996 and now fully updated and expanded, "Links of Heaven" is part a practical guide to Ireland's finest courses and a part travel book. Along with hard, practical information, it also offers a warm and affectionate portrait of the country's golfing community and its history. In the course of their travels the authors encountered a rich assortment of colourful characters, with whose help they recount the often improbable histories of courses such as The Island, founded by a group of Dublin aristocrats in 1888 or Connemara, the realisation of a dream conceived by a parish priest determined to bring visitors and prosperity to his parish on the westernmost fringes of County Galway. The chapters on individual courses, their histories and characteristics, are interspersed with anecdotes and reminiscences that bring Ireland and its golfers vividly to life and with information on food and drink, accommodation and some suggested itineraries for visiting players.
Richard Phinney is an award-winning writer and documentary producer and a member of the Golf Writers Association of America. Scott Whitley is a Toronto-based lawyer and writer who has also worked as sports broadcaster on radio and TV. The two men have a shared love of golf and Ireland. Links of Heaven is the product of seven years first-hand research, spent on golf courses, clubhouses, B&Bs, hotels and bars throughout the length and breadth of the island.