The Best Library In Golf: Preserved Links Makes The Case As A Society Without A Course That Can Compete With The Best Clubs
The very best libraries in golf exist in the most private places. Unfortunately 99% of golfers will never see these historic museum type rooms. Places like the library at Pine Valley which sits in a discreate corner on the second floor of the clubhouse have been built over decades. Most golfers who visit the worlds #1 golf club are so excited and overwhelmed by being there the library is a place they rarely see. The same can be said for any other club that boasts an extensive library. The more exclusive the club the limited time a guest has to experience the course, dining, lodging, and other amenities. Libraries are golfs best kept secret.
Another example of an amazing library is National Golf Links of America. They have been collecting titles since 1908. There are many one of a kind titles in there including picture books of some of the best modern courses with original design notes from the Architects who built them. Garden City Mens Club's entire clubhouse is a big library. The list of examples goes on and on. So how does one access such a place? By being invited by a member and hope the member is a historian who's willing and interested in giving you the full tour of the club.