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Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2003

    Longer than the Yardage at Bethpage

    This book took too long to get into ANY interesting golf stories and details. Too much detail on people we never heard of nor will again. I almost tossed in the towel a few times on it. Last 1/3 of the book was much better - when the Open was finally played. I'm glad I finished it but also happy that it was bought by someone else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2003

    Not the Typical Sports Book

    An excellent read about everything leading up to U.S. Open Week 2002 at Bethpage Black. If you want a summary of Thursday's through Sunday's rounds, you'll find it ... about 2/3 into the book. Don't make that a reason NOT to buy it. This is definitely not 'just a golf book' -- rather, one walks away with a great feel for the wide range of decisions, conflicts, politics, personalities, etc. behind the scenes. This book goes well beyond the golf that was actually played, offering tremendous insight regarding the management of the 2002 Championship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    Truly Inside The Ropes!

    In his book 'Open...Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black' John Feinstein truly takes you inside the ropes at one of the most talked about golf championships in history. Beyond Golf, the 2002 US Open at Bethpage Black was unusual for so many reasons. From the inner workings at the USGA, The New York State Parks Department, NBC Sports, to the Long Island Railroad, you get a real sense this was more than a typical 72 holes of Golf. Be prepared to miss a few rounds as this is a difficult book to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    More than just a "golf book". If all you want is

    More than just a "golf book". If all you want is golf stories - Feinstein does lots better in his other books.
    If you've ever wondered about putting on a major, US, golf event - you won't have many questions as to what it takes after reading this! Maybe for some, information overload, but again, if you have any inkling to what goes on behind the scenes, you are going to not put this down.
    Not to say there aren't any golf personalites and stories, they are in there too. But the scope of the things going on around them, the thought that goes into making it an event for them, shoot, THEY might get some insight by reading this too!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Great book

    Good info

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Just finished

    Wow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    Total waste of time

    I must admit, I had high expectations for this book. 'The Majors' and 'A Good Walk Spoiled' by Feinstein were thoroughly enjoyable because they offered the reader an inside-the-ropes look at the PGA Tour. Those books focused on the players and their performances, and delivered countless memorable, often hilarious stories of what goes on in a world that the average golf fan has no access to. I expected the same with this book. Wrong. This book is an incredibly detailed account of the work required to stage a US Open. What this amounts to is endless discussion of the USGA handling problems like traffic and parking and David Fay making phone calls. Who cares about going behind-the-scenes at the USGA? The inner workings of this stuffy, pretentious and arrogant organization are about as appealing as listening to a city council meeting. The coverage of the actual play, what little there is, begins on page 265. 265! If you enjoyed watching the championship, as I did, you probably remember the drama, excitement, controversy and emotion of it all. Very little time is devoted to the 9/11 tributes and stories, the rowdiness of the crowd, the activities of the players, the locals who played the course, or anything else that made this tournament fascinating. While Feinstein makes an attempt to cover the qualifying rounds for the Open, it is done without suspense or real interest. If you want an exhaustive history of the USGA's efforts to stage a championship at (gasp) a public course, here you go. To make the Open at Bethpage Black this dull was quite a feat. For the antidote to this soul-crusher, 'Bud, Sweat and Tees' is out in paperback now.

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