The world of golf is rife with unexplainable happenings that seemingly defy the rules of gravity and logic: There are those badly hit shots last seen disappearing into a grove of trees, only to be rediscovered on the putting green. And what of those perfectly struck drives that rocketed into the crisp blue beyond never to be seen again? Players have learned to lay blame on “the Golf Gods,” and go about their rounds.
There are, however, the other stories—tales of apparitions gliding across a course, unexplained noises emanating from uninhabited rooms of a clubhouse, or the phantom golfer who appears out of nowhere to play a shot and vanishes just as suddenly. Haunted Golf explores such stories from the clubhouses of New England to the fairways of New Orleans and the links of Great Britain.
Bringing readers on a journey that will enlighten, entertain, and send shivers, this book also delves into the history and flavor of the locations, painting evocative portraits of the courses and the communities. It includes a foreword by English golfer and golf analyst Peter Oosterhuis.
Anthony Pioppi is a Contributing Editor and Editor-at-Large for Golfdom and Golfdom Europe, and is the golf columnist for Newsmax.com.
From 1985 until 1998, Pioppi was a general-assignment news reporter, sportswriter and police reporter for newspapers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. In 1998, he left writing to work on golf courses grounds crews in Florida and Connecticut. Pioppi returned to writing in 2000 and since then has contributed to a number of golf magazines in the United States and United Kingdom, writing about such topics as golf course architecture and maintenance, as well as golf travel.
In 2006, Sports Media Group published his first book, "To the Nines," a celebration of notable and memorable nine-hole golf courses throughout the United States. It was nominated for the United States Golf Association's Herbert Warren Wind Book Award.
Pioppi, his Fender Stratocaster guitar and vintage Ampeg amplifier live a less-than-quiet existence in Middletown, Conn.
CBS golf analyst and Sr. PGA Tour player Peter Oosterhuis got his start in broadcasting with Sky Sports in Great Britain, analyzing PGA Tour events from a London studio. He also worked for the venerable BBC at the 1996 and 1997 Open Championships. For three years beginning in 1995, Peter was the lead analyst for The Golf Channel coverage of the PGA European Tour, reporting from some 90 events.
Prior to his telecasting career, Peter was one of the leading players in Great Britain and Europe. He was a member of six Ryder Cup teams: 1971, '73, '75, '77 and '81, and was unbeaten in his first seven singles matches. Peter stood atop the PGA European Tour Order of Merit for 4 consecutive seasons, 1971 to 1974, a record that stood until 1997. He captured 19 international tournaments and was the runner-up in the 1974 and 1982 Open Championships.
Between commentating, participating in tournaments and taking part in corporate events Peter enjoys traveling with his wife, Ruth Ann.
CHAPTER 1: VICTORIA GOLF CLUB: Murder on the Seventh Fairway
CHAPTER 2: TRAILS WEST GOLF COURSE: Catherine Sutler's Eternal Search
CHAPTER 3: MT. WASHINGTON HOTEL AND RESORT: The Princess Still Reigns
CHAPTER 4: CANTON PUBLIC GOLF COURSE:: The Headless Frenchman
CHAPTER 5: LEATHERSTOCKING GOLF COURSE: The Otesaga's Unwanted Guests
CHAPTER 6: BILTMORE HOTEL AND RESORT: The Gangster Ghost
CHAPTER 7: HENRY LONGHURST: A Message from the Other Side
CHAPTER 8: AHWAHNEE AND WAWONA HOTELS: The Rustic Ghosts of Yosemite
CHAPTER 9: STAFFORD COUNTRY CLUB: Dare to Sleep with Demons
CHAPTER 10: ST. ANDREWS: A Rich and Bloody History
CHAPTER 11: LADIES GOLF CLUB OF TORONTO: Where It's Always Ladies First
CHAPTER 12: GREG NORMAN: Golf's Most Famously Haunted Career
CHAPTER 13: HILTON HEAD: Ghost of the Blue Lady
CHAPTER 14: DEATH MESSAGES: Golf Course Encounters from Beyond the Grave
CHAPTER 15: MINIKAHDA CLUB: Voices from a Murderous Past
CHAPTER 16: LINCOLN PARK GOLF COURSE: Walking Atop the Dead
CHAPTER 17: MT. LAWLEY GOLF CLUB: Death on Satan's Elbow
CHAPTER 18: SNOW HILL COUNTRY CLUB: A Room with a Boo
CHAPTER 19: THE BALSAMS GRAND RESORT HOTEL: A Mountain of Mysteries