I cannot post this in the reading room so I'm asking it here.
In your opinion, what are the top 3 best books about golf?
Depends on what aspect of golf you are talking about. Instruction? History? Personalities?
Narrow down what you are asking.
My favorite two are Bob Hope's Confessions of a Hooker - My Life Long Love Affair with Golf
and the book about Titanic Thompson's golf hustling career - The Unsinkable Titanic Thompson
according to Bob Hope, the only reason he got into acting and the entertainment business was to support his golf habit.
These provide a great insight into pretty much everything one needs to know about how to play the game, how the modern game evolved and beginnings of professional golf, and what golf course architecture is all about.
I realized recently that golf has been a big part of my entire life but I've never really read any golf books. Fiction or non-fiction can you all recommend some good books written about the game- whether it be from a historical, personal, spirtual, etc. perspective, just looking for good book ideas. Thanks
I own a lot of the books listed in this thread. Hogan's 5 Lesson is a very good book, and Penick's Little Red Book would be the 2nd of the three of my favorites. Penick's book is just a great, simple book to read. My third, and also my favorite is the "Nine Bad Shots of Golf.........[Jim Dante] " I found myself always going back to this book when ever my swing took a vacation. My reasoning is that if you know (understand) what causes a particular bad ball flight, you will have a head start fixing the swing problem(s) associated with it. This is especially important for an on course fix during a round. I also found out a long time ago, that (IMHO) most book titles that use the word "secret" in it's title is probably not worth a read. There are no "new secrets" in the golf swing. I prefer the older teachings of the golf swing, and anything by Manuel de la Torre will help anyone's golf game. So would anything by Ernest Jones.
The Match is the best golf-related book I've ever read. It's tough to put down.
Another really good one is A Course Called Ireland by Tom Coyne. It's a travelogue of sorts--he walks the entire perimeter of Ireland carrying a golf bag and plays every course he encounters, including all the great Irish courses. Along the way he experiences things you'd expect someone to experience if he walked the perimeter of Ireland for 3 months carrying only a golf bag. Well written, funny, and lots of great reviews of courses.
On Learning Golf - Percy Boomer (an early  book on how to be a feel player, respected by everyone who reads it)
A Golfer's Education - Darren Kilfara (a Yale golfer fanagles his way to doing his senior research project at St. Andrews so he can play there and on many other outstanding Scottish courses. Fabulous descriptions of them and what it is like to play them)
The Golf Swing - Cary Middlecoff (probably the most articulate instruction book ever written, the chapters, "Your Swing," and "Some Personal Conclusions" should be memorized.)