"The English Golf Coast", by Phil Dowell, is a unique account of one man's idiosyncratic journey to all 78 golf courses situated quite literally on the coast of England. By the author's own admission, "The English Golf Coast" should not be regarded as an objective golf course guide, although it includes much detail of the courses played. Rather it is a candid and entertaining narrative of this 12-handicapper's travels and golfing adventures with friends and strangers. As well as documenting his most remarkable findings and sharing anecdotes, Dowell argues his case on subjects close to golfers' hearts - the merits of different scoring systems, the use and abuse of stroke indexes, the causes of slow play and, that most divisive of golfing issues, the right for women to compete against men. "The English Golf Coast" will provide compelling reading for golfers of all levels and provides a humorous insight into golfing culture in England.