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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 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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