Club Life: The Games Golfers Play

Club Life: The Games Golfers Play

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by John Steinbreder
     
 

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The golf club may be most commonly regarded as a place where men and women play that royal and ancient game, but truth be told, it also serves as a sort of Petri dish for some of the most outrageous, hysterical, and inane behavior found in modern society. You have hackers and stiffs. Flakes and dilettantes. Corporate big wigs and trust fund babies. They all exist

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The golf club may be most commonly regarded as a place where men and women play that royal and ancient game, but truth be told, it also serves as a sort of Petri dish for some of the most outrageous, hysterical, and inane behavior found in modern society. You have hackers and stiffs. Flakes and dilettantes. Corporate big wigs and trust fund babies. They all exist in a kind of upper crust Animal House, where the denizens wear Burberry blazers instead of togas, and guzzle gin-and-tonics rather than beers. But the laughs, and the head shaking, are very much the same.

Editorial Reviews

Golf Today - Bob Weisgerber
Leave it to a golf writer to come up with a bunch of stories that entertain, inform, and generally make you shake your head in wonder.
Connecticut Magazine - Charles Monagan
Upholders of the traditions of golf, both on and off the course, will find enjoyment in John Steinbreder's knowing and funny Club Life.
The Weekly Standard - Jillian Bandes
His book may not improve your swing, but it will give you a better understanding of the things that really matter about the game, including the men's grill room, club governing committees, and the diminished presence of caddies to haul your sticks around the course.
Michael M. Thomas
John Steinbreder's collected essays are what The Federalist Papers were to the framing of the Constitution: a manifesto, a blueprint, a ringing summons-to-arms to the better angels of our golfing nature. For the golfer who really cares, a must!
Bradley Klein
When it comes to golf, John Steinbreder is a certified curmudgeon. He is ruthless in his defense of tradition and uncompromising in his love of the game's simple virtues. Club Life reads like something that fell off the shelf of a classic golf library. I always knew that modern country clubs could be pretentious, but until I read Club Life I didn't realize how absurd and funny those pretensions really were.
James Dodson
John Steinbreder knows the terrain of the modern American golf club better than anyone around. He's also a storyteller of the first rank — a combination that make his examination of club life wholly unique and important.
Duncan Christy
Are you sure you want to join a golf club? Read John Steinbreder's Club Life very carefully before deciding. As hilarious as it is insightful, as tender and as scathing as it is true, Club Life is the unvarnished accounting of what really goes on at private clubs both on and off the golf course. "You can't make this up," Steinbreder writes, and of course you don't need to since reality has given this skilled and experienced scribe more material than he could ever include in a single volume.
Jim Nantz
John [Steinbreder] is not only a gifted storyteller - but a wonderful observer of people. Club Life will leave you laughing and cheering.
David Owen
John Steinbreder knows that the truly important action in golf takes place not on tour but at home, in the clubs where you and I happily waste our weekends. His book is about the game's most pressing issues: the drinks in the grill room, the logos on the shirts, and the cell phones in the clubhouse. He's an ideal guide to golf as we know it - a good walk improved.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589792920
Publisher:
Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date:
05/25/2006
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

John Steinbreder is the originator and writer of the "Club Life" column that spawned this project. He is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience and the author of six books, including Golf Courses of the US Open and Golf Rules and Etiquette for Dummies. In addition to being senior writer for Golfweek, he is a contributing writer to Met Golfer and the golf columnist for Departures, the American Express Platinum card publication. He lives in Easton, CT.

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Club Life: The Games Golfers Play 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Side Car' Steinbreder tells the stories we used to be able to tell with drink and cigar in hand without fear of retribution from some bebarbitive Burke wannabe screaming to the golf committee. So sit back wrap your hand around a cold one,I don't mean ex wife,and enjoy one of our great yarn burners without worrying about receiving a pink slip from Burke,Sarandon or the local lady with the piano legs and grand sense of entitlement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lots of chuckles for anyone who has ever been a member of a club, wished they were a member of a club or even those who have esched the honor of being a member of a club. The characters are all in there, including yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a long time member of two fine clubs it was fun to find so many situations that were so familar. And John Steinbreder knows how to write.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its nice to read a book that tells it like it is. In this age of political correctness, where everything written and stated is offensive, Mr. Steinbreder's stories of Club Life are refreshing and hilarious. His friend Jenkins is truly a Man's Man. Look forward to the next one.