• A Course Called Scotland

  • Searching the Home of Golf for the Secret to Its Game
  • By: Tom Coyne
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (303 ratings)

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A Course Called Scotland

By: Tom Coyne
Narrated by: Jacques Roy
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Publisher's Summary

From Tom Coyne - the author of the New York Times best-selling A Course Called Ireland, hailed as “a joy from start to finish” by The Wall Street Journal - comes the heartfelt and humorous celebration of his quest to play golf on every links course in Scotland, the birthplace of the game he loves. 

For much of his adult life, best-selling author Tom Coyne has been chasing a golf ball around the globe. When he was in college, studying abroad in London, he entered the lottery for a prized tee time in Scotland, grabbing his clubs and jumping the train to St. Andrews as his friends partied in Amsterdam; later, he golfed the entirety of Ireland’s coastline, chased pros through the mini-tours, and attended grueling Qualifying Schools in Australia, Canada, and Latin America. Yet, as he watched the greats compete, he felt something was missing. Then one day a friend suggested he attempt to play every links course in Scotland, and qualify for the greatest championship in golf. 

The result is A Course Called Scotland, a hilarious golf and travel adventure throughout the birthplace of the sport and home to some of the oldest and most beloved courses in the world, including St. Andrews, Turnberry, Dornoch, Prestwick, Troon, and Carnoustie. With his signature blend of storytelling, humor, history, and insight, Coyne weaves together his journey to more than 100 legendary links courses in Scotland with compelling threads of golf history and witty insights into the contemporary home of golf. As he journeys Scotland in search of the game’s secrets, he discovers new and old friends, rediscovers the peace and power of the sport, and, most importantly, reaffirms the ultimate connection between the game and the soul. It is a rollicking love letter to Scotland and golf as no one has attempted it before.

©2018 Tom Coyne. All rights reserved. (P)2018 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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What could have been....

An excellent book ruined by the authors more than obvious political bias. It's an absolute shame as I only have 1.5 hrs left and have gone from, **I can't turn it off!** to **I can't bring myself to finish** and that makes me sad because the writing and story really are fantastic. The author "claims" to give Trump's courses a chance but thats a flat out lie. If you love golf and are on the left, you will love his ridiculous BS. If you love golf and believe in our POTUS, you will likely feel like me. Oh well, to each his own.

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Too preachy

I really liked his Ireland book, so I immediately bought this one as soon as it was out. I give Mr. Coyne credit for conquering his demons (alcohol) and for being so open about it, but this book came across as preachy. The descriptions about the courses he plays in Scotland are good, but I just wish he stayed away from trying to talk about the pitfalls of booze and how to be a good father and stuck to the golf. He also complains too much about getting a bogey or two in a round.

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Perfect

This is a perfect tale about life with golf as the backdrop. One of my favorite listens or reads ever. Thank you Tom.

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Must Listen for Every Golfer

I got this as a companion to my hard copy - I recommend getting both if a golf trip to Scotland is in your future - and it is an absolute treasure. Tom’s writing is amazing and Jacques’s narration is the perfect compliment.

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As good of not better than Tom's previous books.

very well written makes you want to go play golf. actually very suspenseful as well in waiting to figure out how it ends. the only disappointing part was you could tell Tom hates Trump. he did it one of his other books as well. politics need to be left out

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Just Went to Scotland

Complete view of Scottish and UK golf. Great guide will open your eyes to why golf is different and my opinion better in Scotland. The course’s Americans don’t know about will be life changing for a golfer.

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Amazing story, great detail about Scotland Golf

This book does an amazing job intertwining the authors story, his golf experience and the imagery of the towns visited. I could envision everything the author was sharing and it makes me desperate to visit and play golf in Scotland.

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Scotland Gold For Golfers

I’ve been looking into a trip to Scotland for some time now. There is an unlimited amount of information available on the top courses, the popular courses, but this helped find the gems, the overlooked courses. It is a great piece to use for finding those off the beaten and under the radar places!

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Sign me up for the next trip!

This was a very enjoyable and educational trip around Scotland. As an avid golfer that had no desire to cross the pond with my clubs, it made me a convert. I am making plans. As soon as the COVID-19 ban is lifted, I'm there. Regarding the book, Tom Coyne wrote a very relatable book that was funny, educational, and heartwarming. I found myself looking for every opportunity to pick it up and read on. Now that I'm done, I will have to sign up for his blog and read more of his works.

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Great listen!

Makes the miles fly by. Liked it so must I brought the hard cover as well!
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  • Mariner
  • 06-09-20

despite the worst cover picture ever......

The cover picture suggests that this is some anecdote-strewn monstrosity in the Tarbie and Brucie style, when in fact it's a wonderful homage to the game of golf.

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  • "haddockboy"
  • 09-30-22

An absolute must for anyone that loves Scottish Golf

Made me laugh and cry . Truly wonderful to listen to if you love golf in Scotland. I’m starting from the beginning this very second . I’d imagine there will be some golfers that don’t like it , they’ll be the kind that you hope you don’t get drawn with in a zoned draw medal …….

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  • Russell
  • 05-07-21

Really enjoyable listen

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, what an adventure. Being from Scotland I know a lot of the courses on Toms list but I really enjoyed his perspective on them and the sense of adventure and romance rather than the small details of individual courses.

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  • Jamie
  • 11-13-20

lose yourself

Lovely read, if you area golfer lose your self in this book, stunning descriptions of Scotland's finniest golf course and his battle against these course and his daily life travelling around Scotland

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  • Jim 8888
  • 08-05-20

A Good Walk Not Spoiled

I really enjoyed this travelogue and I think most golfers, especially Scottish golfers, will too. The author is unfailingly positive about the game of golf, the country that (almost) invented it and the people who play it. I was impressed that the journey through Scottish Links courses was kept interesting, and you're not snowed under by facts, figures, techniques, handicaps or travel brochure pen pictures of towns and places. The narration was relaxed and the attempts at Scottish accents forgivable, and I looked forward to returning to the story. Being Scottish, and a golfer, this book was aimed right at me, and I'm glad I found it.

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  • Clive Pashley
  • 05-02-20

Beautifully written and narrated. Amazing 5*

A superb piece of work, from a true golfer in every sense of the word. Beautifully written and subsequently narrated, I loved it from the first to the last word!
Highly recommended
Congratulations Tom on a stunning book

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  • Disco
  • 04-16-20

Excellent Narration and a great story

If you have played golf at a few of the places he visits you will enjoy this even more. If you love a good golf trip then this has to be one of the best

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  • M
  • 04-23-19

Inspiring tale for golf lovers

A great story of the joy of playing links golf in Scotland and the characters he met along the way. I am inspired to repeat his feat, albeit over a number of years rather than 3 months!

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  • Jappers2189
  • 12-14-18

Inspirational trip around Scotland

I listened to this as a change to my usual golf pods. Now all i want to do is pack my bags and play Scotland.

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  • Maximillian Aitken
  • 11-19-18

95% lovely, 5% astonishing

Loved it. Just as I began to fear that the end may leave me slightly unsatisfied, it knocked me out of the park. That tiny nagging question you didn't really know you were asking, gets answered in a way so satisfying I found myself overcome with joy as it all unravelled in those few paragraphs. Finished it with the biggest smile on my face. Have booked my own trip for June 19!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-20

Entertaining

Loved it. Very entertaining and provides a great insight to golf, travel and the people of Scotland.