Lure of the Links: Great Golf Stories

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Lure of the Links is packed with classic tales from the clubhouses and sand traps of some of the most and least accessible courses around the world that collectively captures the spirit and challenge of a great and sometimes frustrating game. With wit, humor, and insight, this expansive collection includes an homage to a mythical caddy by John Updike, George Plimpton's interview with Arnold Palmer, and Dave Anderson's peak behind the magnolia curtain of golf's great citadel, the Augusta National Golf Club, as ...
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Overview

Lure of the Links is packed with classic tales from the clubhouses and sand traps of some of the most and least accessible courses around the world that collectively captures the spirit and challenge of a great and sometimes frustrating game. With wit, humor, and insight, this expansive collection includes an homage to a mythical caddy by John Updike, George Plimpton's interview with Arnold Palmer, and Dave Anderson's peak behind the magnolia curtain of golf's great citadel, the Augusta National Golf Club, as well as portraits of professionals such as Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, and Tiger Woods.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this uneven collection of mostly nonfiction pieces, reprinted from various sources and edited by New Yorker writer Owen (My Usual Game) and Grove/Atlantic editor Bingham, women are sparsely represented, with articles about Joyce Wethered, Babe Zaharias and Nancy Lopez, plus a couple of snippets about women battling the country-club brand of male chauvinism. The humor is unpredictable: Owen's low-key piece on Myrtle Beach, "Grown Men on Spring Break," is hilarious, while Dan Jenkins's "The Glory Game at Goat Hill" seems forced. Disappointing for those familiar with the great names of golf writing is the turgid prose of renowned Bernard Darwin, who is represented with two pieces. There are several memorable contributions, particularly Gene Sarazen's loving reminiscence of a Scottish caddie, Dave Anderson's successful attempt to penetrate the magnolia curtain at the Augusta National Golf Club, Herbert Warren Wind's outstanding analysis of the Old Course at St. Andrews and George Plimpton's wry account of his halting, overly diffident effort to interview Arnold Palmer at the height of his fame. On balance, the avid golfer shouldn't miss this collection. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871137494
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Francis Ouimet - Drama at Brookline 3
My Favorite Caddie 10
Bouncing Back from a National Bout 23
Playing the Old Course with Joyce Wethered 31
The Last Days of Bobby Jones 33
The Babe Comes Back
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias 38
Nancy Lopez Lines Up a Big Future 42
The Coming of the Bear
Jack Nicklaus 47
Nicklaus and Watson at Turnberry 49
The Once and Future Gary Player 64
The Ride of Greg Norman's Life 78
A Zone of His Own: Tiger Woods 99
Tigermania 108
And Some of the Men in My Life
Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Kite, and Ben Crenshaw 117
The Social Aspect of Playing Through 125
The Choke Factor 129
Requiem for a Milkman 140
We Know Who They Are 143
On Diegeling 146
Golfing Winds 149
The Day Joe Ezar Called His Shots for a Remarkable 64 151
The Mystery of Golf: Chapter One 155
Hidden Extras 161
Swingin' in the Rain 164
What Makes the Ideal Clubhouse - and Club? 167
The Camaraderie of Golf - II 170
The Year of Getting to Know Us 177
The Dogleg on 5 197
The Mower 212
The Golfomaniac 219
Golf in the Kingdom 223
Farrell's Caddie 224
The Pro 232
What It's Like to Be a Member: A Look behind the Magnolia Curtain at Golf's Secret Citadel 239
Teravainen and Locomotion 248
The Cardiac Cliffs 265
Westchester Keeps a Tournament and Loses an All Male Sanctuary 269
A Woman's Trophy and a Men's Grill 271
The Finest Course of All 274
The Glory Game at Goat Hills 277
My Semi-tough Return to Playing Golf 291
They Might Be Giants 306
Grown Men on Spring Break 321
An Interview with Arnold Palmer 338
Love That Golf 350
St. Andrews: The Cradle of Golf 363
Acknowledgments 379
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