Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Noted City Author To Speak On Golf Books THURSDAY

Anthony Pioppi will be speaking on his books at the RJ Julia Bookstore, this Thursday (June 14) at.

Pioppi is known to long-time Eye readers as the man behind a 2009 proposal to build a golf course in Maromas, on City-owned land (Not your typical golf course developer).

He tells The Eye that the golf course project has been withdrawn, due to a lack of funding.

From the RJ Julia event listing:
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
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!

To the Nines will introduce you to a whole new golfing experience by sharing the stories of nineteen nine-hole layouts across the country. Fenwick, Katherine Hepburn's playground, dates back to the 1890s. Just before a hurricane destroyed her family home in 1938, Hepburn aced Fenwick's ninth hole and shot even par. Long before Mike Keiser set out to turn a chunk of Oregon coast into one of the world's great golf destinations, he built The Dunes Club, easily the finest nine-hole course of the modern era. To the Nines will send you on a mission to discover the roots of the game, and to seek out your own unique and unheralded courses. This second edition includes recent renovations and rebunkering of several of these classic “nines” as well as a chapter on a newly built course.

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.

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