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San Antonio Texas Golf Vacations are the Perfect Golf Package Choice for Golfers
by Charles Winston

There are many locations for Texas golf vacations at various prices to fit everybody's budget. One of these golf destinations is San Antonio. With its great weather conditions all year round, it can be the perfect place for you to enjoy golfing holidays. Along with its great courses, there are also plenty of choices for accommodations, exciting activities and entertainment, wonderful restaurants, excellent shopping, and a bustling nightlife.

When you book a Texas golf vacation package in San Antonio you are certain to find a course to suit any style of play and any skill level. You will find layouts with spectacular elevation variations, breathtaking views, stunning scenery, superb conditions, blind shots, water features, force carries, sharp soft sand and extremely distinctive holes. Some of best golf courses in Texas can be found in San Antonio.

Your package will offer a wide-variety of San Antonio accommodations for your lodging options and the majority of these are located within just twenty minutes of many of the courses. Keep an eye on the downtown area as it boasts a great deal of hotel options with varying prices.

If you are thinking of a Stay and Play golf vacation deal, The La Cantera Resort boasts some of the best golf courses in Texas with features like extensive forgiving fairways, stunning scenery, spectacular views, limestone rock cropping, natural water features, impressive live oak trees, significant elevation changes, great greens and more.

With so many different destinations in the Lone Star state to visit, play golf and enjoy a great trip, it can be hard to make a decision on where to book a golf package. But if you do choose San Antonio [http://www.perfectgolfvacations.com/san-antonio-golf-vacations.html] as your destination for your Texas golf vacation [http://www.perfectgolfvacations.com/texas-golf-vacations.html], you will surely be happy with your decision.

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Books about Golf Vacations in Texas

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Links to the Past: The Hidden History on Texas Golf Courses (Swaim-Paup Sports Series, sponsored by James C. '74 & Debra Parchman Swaim and T. Edgar '74 & Nancy Paup)

By Dan K. Utley

Texas A&M University Press
Released: 2018-08-15
Hardcover (288 pages)

Links to the Past: The Hidden History on Texas Golf Courses (Swaim-Paup Sports Series, sponsored by James C.  74 & Debra Parchman Swaim and T. Edgar  74 & Nancy Paup)
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As they tee up, make their approach shots, or line up their putts, few Texan golfers likely realize that the familiar landscapes of tee boxes, fairways, and greens can obscure stories from the past that played out on those same grounds. Such little-known links to the past include prehistoric campsites, a Spanish presidio, and a prairie where the Rough Riders trained, as well as courses constructed by New Deal agencies in the Great Depression or military personnel in times of war.

Links to the Past: The Hidden History on Texas Golf Courses takes readers on a tour of eighteen Texas golf courses with surprising connections to history. On the “front nine,” points of interest include encounters with dinosaur fossils near Austin, a Comanche raid on a Spanish frontier presidio near Menard, and a battle between Anglo buffalo hunters and Native Americans near Lubbock. The “back nine” explores reminders of the East Texas lumber industry near Diboll, a training ground for the Rough Riders outside downtown San Antonio, and a race riot near Houston in 1917, to name a few. In addition, Dan K. Utley with Stanley O' Graves provide full histories of the courses themselves, detailing their design and evolution and explaining how they came to be constructed at these historically significant sites.

Fun, compelling, and enlightening, this book is a reminder that history has occurred all around us, not just in historic districts, state parks, or even where official state markers might be found. Featuring “scorecards” for each course that include location, historical facts, and a “signature hole of history,” as well as historical and contemporary photographs and informative sidebars, Links to the Past is sure to entertain. Golfers, history buffs, and heritage tourists will want to toss this handy and engaging book in the front seat of the car—or zip it into the side pocket of their golf bags.

Harvey Penick's Little Red Book: Lessons And Teachings From A Lifetime In Golf

By Harvey Penick

Golf Gifts & Gallery
Released: 2012-05-08
Red Hardcover (208 pages)

Harvey Penick s Little Red Book: Lessons And Teachings From A Lifetime In Golf
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  • Contents include: Golf Medicine
  • The Three Most Important Clubs
  • Hole Them All
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The twentieth anniversary edition of this classic work—the bestselling golf instruction book of all time and hailed as “the golfer's equivalent of The Elements of Style” (The New York Times)—includes a new introduction by a prominent golfer, twenty new illustrations, and never-before-published materials from the Penick family archives.

The most beloved golf book of all time, Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book has become required reading for all players and fans of the game, from beginners to seasoned pros.

The legendary Harvey Penick, whom Sports Illustrated called the “Socrates of the golf world,” began his golfing career as a caddie in Austin, Texas, at the age of eight, and over the course of nearly a century worked with an amazing array of champions. In this classic book, which is named for the red notebook he always kept, Penick’s simple, direct, practical wisdom pares away the hypertechnical jargon that’s grown up around the golf swing, and lets all golfers, whatever their level, play their best.

This twentieth-anniversary edition features a treasure trove of rare images from the Penick family archives, commemorates Penick’s lasting achievement with a moving new foreword by 2012 Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III—whose father learned the game under Penick’s tutelage—and reminds golfers everywhere to “take dead aim.”

Links, Lore, & Legends: The Story of Texas Golf

By Art Stricklin

Brand: Taylor Trade Publishing
Hardcover (192 pages)

Links, Lore, & Legends: The Story of Texas Golf
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Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, Dave Marr, Ben Crenshaw, Lanny Wadkins, Sandra Haynie, Rick Beem―names known to golfers everywhere―populate Texas golf history. This book chronicles the development of golf in Texas decade by decade focusing on highlighted events, players, pros, teachers, courses, and tournaments. It includes "10 Historic Events You Don't Know About."

Fair Ways: How Six Black Golfers Won Civil Rights in Beaumont, Texas (Swaim-Paup-Foran Spirit of Sport Series, sponsored by James C. ’74 & Debra ... Edgar Paup ’74, & Joseph Wm. & Nancy Foran)

By Robert J. Robertson

Texas A&M University Press
Paperback (256 pages)

Fair Ways: How Six Black Golfers Won Civil Rights in Beaumont, Texas (Swaim-Paup-Foran Spirit of Sport Series, sponsored by James C. ’74 & Debra ... Edgar Paup ’74, & Joseph Wm. & Nancy Foran)
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In the summer of 1955, early in the modern civil rights era, six African American golfers in Beaumont, Texas, began attacking the Jim Crow caste system when they filed a federal lawsuit for the right to play the municipal golf course. The golfers and their African American lawyers went to federal court and asked a conservative white Republican judge to render a decision that would not only integrate the local golf course but also set precedent for desegregation of other public facilities, as well.

In Fair Ways, Beaumont native Robert J. Robertson chronicles three parallel stories that converged in this important case. He tells the story of the plaintiffs—avid golfers who had learned the game while working as caddies and waiters—and their young lawyers, recent graduates from Howard University law school, and the Republican judge just appointed to the bench by President Eisenhower. Would the judge apply the new principles of Brown v. Board of Education to the questions before him? Would he use federal judicial power to override state laws and outlaw local customs?

Fair Ways gives an uncommonly vivid picture of racial segregation and the forces that brought about its end. Using public case papers, public records, newspapers, and oral histories, Robertson has recreated the scene in Beaumont on the eve of desegregation, describing in detail the parallel white and black communities that characterized the Jim Crow caste system. Through this account, the forces at work in the South—education, military experience, rising expectations, the NAACP, and the rule of law—are personified dramatically by the golfers, the lawyers, and the judge.

Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf

By Kevin Robbins

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: 2016-04-05
Hardcover (368 pages)

Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
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The first-ever biography of the iconic and beloved golf coach who caddied for Francis Ouimet, played with Ben Hogan, competed against Bobby Jones, shaped Ben Crenshaw, and distilled his golf wisdom into the Little Red Book, granting simplicity to a vexing yet beloved sport

Millions of people were charmed by the homespun golf advice dispensed in Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book, a sports classic that went on to become the best-selling sports book of all time. Yet, beyond the Texas golf courses where Penick happily toiled for the better part of eight decades, few people knew the self-made golf pro who coaxed the best out of countless greats — Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright — all champions who considered Penick their coach and lifelong friend.  

In Harvey Penick, Kevin Robbins tells the story of this legendary steward of the game. From his first job as a caddie at age eight to his ascendance to head golf pro at the esteemed Austin Country Club to his playing days when he competed with Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen to his mentorship of some of golf’s finest players, Penick studied every nuance of the game. Along the way, he scribbled his observations and anecdotes, tips and tricks, and genuine love of the sport in his little red book, which ultimately became a gift to golfers everywhere.
Part elegy to golf’s greatest teacher, part inquiry into his simple, impactful teachings, part history of golf over the past century, Harvey Penick is an exquisitely written sports biography.


When Golf Was Fun

By Pat Wheeler

Austin Brothers Publishers
Paperback (218 pages)

When Golf Was Fun
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"When Golf was Fun" is a collection of tales from what is known as the "beer and barbecue circuit" of golf tournaments. These tournaments held in small town all across the state of Texas were not only the beginning of the careers of many great golfers but also produced some local legends. It was a time when golf was still a game, not a big business. This collection of 38 stories will entertain and amaze as you read first-hand accounts of some of the greatest exploits in the history of golf. You will read about local golf pros who are unknown outside of their local country club and you will also read about legends like Ben Crenshaw, Bruce Lietzke, Charles Coody, Miller Barber, Ben Hogan and others. Texas has a very rich golf history and much of it is captured in "When Golf was Fun." The late, great beer and barbecue circuit was a bygone era of Texas golf in which many Lone Star legends were born and raised but has since given way to the more civilized and organized golf industry we know today. Much like baseball's barnstorming days, the barbecue circuit was a series of unaffiliated events that brought an extremely high level of golf and excitement to tiny towns like Center and Athens; Quanah and Pampa-places you might otherwise never have known even existed.

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