Billy Dettlaff

Golf Author / Historian / International Lecturer - PGA Master Professional #57

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Selected Works

Sports History - Golf
The most definitive history on the golf profession ever written featured on 696 pages with over 120 biographies and profiles supported by 335 historic images.
Golf History
A study of the golf profession focusing on biographies of the men and women who have helped build the game in America over the past 100 years.
Golf History
A look at the first 25 years of THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass

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Doctors of the Game - A History of the Golf Profession
Published in September 2016 the book was officially released at The Golf Collectors' Society Annual Meeting & Trade Show. Doctors of the Game is the most definitive history of the golf profession ever written. It begins with the earliest known words on the game, then traces the sport's development through six centuries. The tome is written in three sections known as books: Book One runs from the earliest foundations though 1890; Book Two highlights both Scottish and American developments in the game from 1890 through 1915: Book Three traces the game through five 20-year generations documenting the contributions of the golf profession through the challenges of racial and sexual discrimination, war, depression and recessions from 1916 through 2015.

PGA of America: The Official Centennial Commemorative Book - Celebrating The History of the Golf Professional
Introduction by Jack Nicklaus -- Afterward by Annika Sorenstam.

Edited by John Steinbreder, award-winning golf journalist, author of 20 books,
and Senior Writer for Global Golf Post

A Storyteller's Guide - THE PLAYERS and TPC Sawgrass

A history of the PGA Tour's flagship club TPC Sawgrass and the tournament it was built to host - THE PLAYERS Championship. Delve inside to be a part of the history of this great course, the great shots, and stories behind the event becoming golf's unofficial fifth major.