by Scott Martin, Bryan Curtis

Rizzoli, $14.95, 256 pages

Funny thing about golfers, it doesn’t take a perfect 75 degree, not-a-cloud-in-the-sky, sunshiny day to bring them to the golf course for a relaxing, competitive, civilized game of golf. The Intelligent Golfer: How to Play a Civilized Gameis the perfect companion to the game itself, offering answers to those pesky questions regarding golf etiquette both on and off the course. Topics like tipping, where to change your shoes, what to wear to a golf tournament, how to handle uncomfortable situations and simply how to be a civilized player of one of the most civilized games ever created are all well covered in this book. Even if you are not a club member or an avid golfer, this book will get you excited about the game and the people who love it. Author Scott Martin has penned several golf books and has contributed multiple articles to various golf publications, giving him the esteemed privilege of being a guru on the subject of golf. The Intelligent Golfer is such a perfect gift idea for the golfer who has everything, or the wannabe golfer in your life!

Reviewed by M. Chris Johnson,