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“With the energy and joy of youth, he describes his ‘gap year’…His interaction with the group of ‘pretty’ university girls, deemed ‘Model Caddies,’ is wondrous…Horovitz shares his deeply felt memories of golf, girls, and the academy boldly, never taking himself too seriously or being irreverent about the caddie tradition on the time-honored Old Course links.”
“In this breezy memoir, the younger brother of a Beastie Boy spills insider tales about looping and living in St. Andrews…the characters—bitter old caddies, the author’s university pals and his 83–year–old uncle—are lovable. So, too, are Horovitz's yarns, which feature late–night antics in the Old Toon and a round caddying for Seinfeld creator Larry David.”
"A must read."
"Anyone looking for a good read should look no further than An American Caddie in St. Andrews."
"An utterly absorbing, affectionate, and funny narrative of his halcyon days in St. Andrews. I loved his memoir so much I lingered over it, relishing my own memories of that mysteriously captivating town, historic links, and addictive Scottish game, and I recommend Ollie's book to those who've either already walked in the footsteps of Old Tom Morris or have a visit to the home of golf on their bucket list."
—Ron Hansen, author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
"Oliver Horovitz is a writer to watch. Even if you don't play golf you will enjoy the Ring Lardner style of Ollie's An American Caddie in St. Andrews. The book has great characters and a wonderful sense of being a fish out of water.
“This is a story you have to read before your next bogey. Oliver has his priorities spot on!”
"An American Caddie in St. Andrews is a funny, charming, coming-of age tale about golf and life ... Horovitz is a gifted writer, and an engaging storyteller ... and he can read putts!"
"While exposing the insular world of the St. Andrews caddie, Oliver Horovitz discovers a good deal of truth about golf, golfers, and himself. A terrific read. Recommended."
—Curt Sampson, author of The War By the Shore
Posted March 21, 2013
A great book. I could not put it down. If you are a golfer, it a great story. If you are not, it is still a great story.
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Posted January 11, 2015
“An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course" is a memoir depicting a young college bound American Caddie ,Oliver Horovitz, who chooses to spend a summer caddying at the old course in St. Andrews. Little did he know he would eventually spend seven summers at the old caddie shack in Scotland.
It all started when Harvard University informed Horovitz that he would have to take a gap year at the University of St. Andrews if he wanted to attend their prestigious university. After reviewing his options on what to focus on during this year, he decided that he wanted to spend the year focusing on English courses and playing on St Andrews golf team.
After two semesters at the University, Horovitz receives an offer from a couple of lads to stay for the summer in Scotland. They stay in a flat and caddy on one of the most famous golf courses in the world, the Old Course. This amazing opportunity directs his future on a very positive path.
Horovitz loves being around individuals who are passionate about golf. The citizens of St. Andrews love golf and consider it cool. Suddenly, Horovitz is able to use his amazing 1.8 golf handicap to his advantage. He can use it to gain prestige in the caddie shack, brag to his friends and most importantly get girls.
His interaction with a rival caddie group, filled with attractive girls known as the “Model Caddies,” is interesting and insanely hilarious. Even more importantly, his interaction with his Uncle Ken adds another phenomenal dimension to the story. He and his Uncle share amazing moments together as his Uncle Ken treats Oliver like he is a son to him.
Overall, Horovitz shares amazing stories about golf, the other caddies, academics, and girls in a comical and luring manner that makes you never want to put the book down.
Posted February 22, 2014
Posted February 13, 2014
An enjoyable and easy read for all golf enthusiasts. Oliver shares his experiences "growing up" caddying in St. Andrews. One of the more enjoyable golf books I've read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 27, 2013
This story of a young man's experience at St. Andrews was well written and worth reading. Having been to St. Andrews a few years back, it was easy to picture the places and experiences he described. It is also a good example of perserverance -- something that seems to be lacking in our young people these days.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2013
So much more than a standard---this is what I did on my summer break memoir---, the book's center piece is caddying at St. Andrews but it is also about coming of age and making tough choices. It turned out to be a love story too...much to my surprise. I loved it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2013
Excellent read. Horovitz takes you along on a wonderful journey. If you like golf and always wondered how caddies are made, then this book is for you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2013
I found this book very enjoyable because I studied in St. Andrews. I don't golf, but imagine that if you golf, it would also be fun to read about the insider world of caddies. However, I think that my enjoyment of this book came from reliving my time in Scotland - if I didn't know St. Andrews well, I probably would have given it 3 stars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 30, 2013
I generally would not have picked out a sports book, but this caught my eye on a recent Barnes and Noble email. I loved the book. I enjoyed the multiple story lines - especially the story of Uncle Ken. The only "Buyer Beware" I would offer is the Scottish version of the F-word makes several appearances.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 19, 2013
Saw this author on CBS This Morning and am buying this book for my dad, a life long golfer who started out as a teen caddy at the local country club.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 26, 2013
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Posted March 30, 2013
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