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Brassies, Mashies, and Bootleg Scotch: Growing Up on America's First Heroic Golf Course

Overview

A hundred years or so ago, kids growing up in St. Andrews, Scotland, kids like Bill Kilpatrick’s father, took to golf as naturally as to breathing. Accordingly, the prevailing opinion was that any layabout could play golf, whereas a greenkeeper was someone to be reckoned with. And a greenkeeper (a term much preferred to “golf course superintendent”) was what Kilpatrick’s father became. Kilpatrick’s memoir of growing up on golf courses is at once a window on another time—when golf was played mainly with balata ...
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Overview

A hundred years or so ago, kids growing up in St. Andrews, Scotland, kids like Bill Kilpatrick’s father, took to golf as naturally as to breathing. Accordingly, the prevailing opinion was that any layabout could play golf, whereas a greenkeeper was someone to be reckoned with. And a greenkeeper (a term much preferred to “golf course superintendent”) was what Kilpatrick’s father became. Kilpatrick’s memoir of growing up on golf courses is at once a window on another time—when golf was played mainly with balata balls, hickory shafts, and handmade spoons, mashies, and cleeks—and a ground-level view of what maintaining a golf course meant when artisanship, instinct, and experience carried the day.
A charming narrative of a boy’s relationship with his adored, occasionally impatient, and always forgiving father, Brassies, Mashies, and Bootleg Scotch takes us to some of the most notable golf clubs in America and introduces us to a delightful cast of characters, from giants of golf history to behind-the-scenes eccentrics to walk-on stars like New York Giants pitcher Hal Schumacher. Readers get a rare glimpse of a vanished world through Kilpatrick’s recollections of the daily routines of his father as a dedicated greenkeeper and of his own experiences as a caddy on the courses that were his family’s way of life.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Amid the crisply described and warmly nostalgic anecdotes, a theme emerges: golf courses were different, far richer places in Kilpatrick's father's day than they are today, in our technologically powered age of titanium drivers and automated watering systems.—Bill Ott, Booklist

— Bill Ott

Golf Today
Brassies, Mashies and Bootleg Scotch by Bill Kilpatrick is a charming account of growing up on golf courses in the 1930s.—Bob Koczur, Golf Today

— Bob Koczur

Shelf Awareness
Brassies, Mashies, and Bootleg Scotch oozes golf nostalgia. . . . An ideal gift for lovers of the ancient game, especially older dads and grandfathers.—Tom Lavoie, Shelf Awareness

— Tom Lavoie

Cybergolf.com
In only 162 pages author Bill Kilpatrick gives us a well-written look at golf in the post-World I era. . . . I love this book. It's a page-turner.—Bob Spiwak, Cybergolf.com

— Bob Spiwak

Golf Course Management
This is truly a book that should be in any superintendent's library, as it tells the real story of where we have come from.—Melvin B. Lucas Jr., Golf Course Management

— Melvin B. Lucas Jr.

Booklist - Bill Ott
"Amid the crisply described and warmly nostalgic anecdotes, a theme emerges: golf courses were different, far richer places in Kilpatrick's father's day than they are today, in our technologically powered age of titanium drivers and automated watering systems."—Bill Ott, Booklist
Golf Today - Bob Koczur
"Brassies, Mashies and Bootleg Scotch by Bill Kilpatrick is a charming account of growing up on golf courses in the 1930s."—Bob Koczur, Golf Today
Cybergolf.com - Bob Spiwak
"In only 162 pages author Bill Kilpatrick gives us a well-written look at golf in the post-World I era. . . . I love this book. It's a page-turner."—Bob Spiwak, Cybergolf.com
Shelf Awareness - Tom Lavoie
"Brassies, Mashies, and Bootleg Scotch oozes golf nostalgia. . . . An ideal gift for lovers of the ancient game, especially older dads and grandfathers."—Tom Lavoie, Shelf Awareness
Golf Course Management - Melvin B. Lucas Jr.
"This is truly a book that should be in any superintendent's library, as it tells the real story of where we have come from."—Melvin B. Lucas Jr., Golf Course Management
Iain Mossman
“I enjoyed this immensely. Beautifully written, I was transported back in time and imagined I was on the links playing along with the author.”—Iain Mossman, PGA professional
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803236424
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,107,945
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Kilpatrick has written articles for magazines such as Parade, Popular Mechanics, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Field & Stream, Esquire, Fly Fishing, and True. Before “retiring” he was a general features writer, columnist, and golf writer for the Fort Myers News-Press.
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