A Nasty Bit of Rough

A Nasty Bit of Rough

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by David Feherty
     
 

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Over the years, readers of Golf magazine have come to know and love Major General (Ret.) Sir Richard Gussett, the raucous imaginary uncle featured in David Feherty's column "Sidespin." In this first volume of his misadventures, Gussett sets his sights on the most prestigious prize in golf, the petrified middle finger of St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland.

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Over the years, readers of Golf magazine have come to know and love Major General (Ret.) Sir Richard Gussett, the raucous imaginary uncle featured in David Feherty's column "Sidespin." In this first volume of his misadventures, Gussett sets his sights on the most prestigious prize in golf, the petrified middle finger of St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland. Presiding over the world's most cantankerous golf club, Gussett must motivate his members through battles with incontinence, single malt Scotch, and a litany of other unmentionable afflictions in a "friendly" competition with their ancient rivals, the notorious McGregor clan. Anyone who loves the game or knows someone who does will be unable to resist Feherty's hilarious storytelling and golfing gravitas.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Here's the golf book the world really needs.... A virtual literary whoopee cushion.... A raunchy, randy, riotous farce." —Sports Illustrated

"This first novel by broadcaster and Golf magazine columnist Feherty is a totally silly, completely unbelievable tall tale that succeeds.... There is a cheerfulness and a spit-in-the-face-of-authority aura about it that makes it the Naked Gun of golf literature." —Publishers Weekly

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“I want to entertain people,” golf commentator David Feherty has said. “If I can’t make them laugh, I want to make them smile.” In A Nasty Bit of Rough, former PGA pro Feherty keeps his promise, delivering a robust novel about a zany golf club.
Steven Pressfield
If you don't laugh out loud at least once in every chapter, I will personally confiscate your splatterguard niblick.
Dan Jenkins
...a pure delight...Every golf nut will love this book.
Gary McCord
Work on your abs before reading [this], because your stomach is going to get a workout from laughing out loud.
Troon McAllister
If you're one of those people who think golf is a religion, prepare for some seriously funny blasphemy.
Publishers Weekly
This first novel by broadcaster and Golf Magazine columnist Feherty is a totally silly, completely unbelievable tall tale that succeeds more often than it fails because of the vibrancy of the voice and the straightforwardness of the telling. Scrought's Wood is the world's oldest and strangest golf course, so venerable it makes St. Andrew's look like a teenager. The membership has dwindled to nine, and the club, buried deep in Scottish gorse and heather, is virtually unknown to the outside world. Every 50 years, led by its owner and chairman Sir Richard Gusset ("Uncle Dickie"), its members compete in a golf match against the McGregor clan, a rough and ready gaggle of Scottish hillbillies, the prize being the petrified middle finger of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. Scrought's Wood, using very devious tactics, wins "The Digit," as it is known, only to have it stolen back by the McGregors while the old duffers are reveling in their victory. Scrought's Wood's members are gleefully eccentric, plagued by hilarious ailments, defects and unmentionable afflictions. When the outside world insists they allow a woman to join the club, one of the old-timers has a sex change operation. It would be awfully easy to dismiss this novel as trivial and inane, for many of the jokes are painfully set-up groaners, while others miss the mark entirely. Overall, one is often reminded of smirking teenage boys talking about sex. But there is a cheerfulness and a spit-in-the-face-of-authority aura about it that makes it the Naked Gun of golf literature. (Mar.) Forecast: Feherty, a former professional golfer, is a popular CBS commentator with a ready-made following; many will recognize Scrought's Wood from its appearances in the pages of Golf Magazine. His author tour engagements should be well attended, and he's a natural for radio and TV interviews. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A new publisher of commercial fiction offers an amusing debut novel, presumably the first in a series, by a Golf Magazine columnist and golfcaster for CBS-TV's PGA coverage. At 17, the gifted Feherty gave up a future in opera, turned golf pro, went on the European Tour and played on the European Ryder Cup Team in 1991 before retiring in 1997. The story at hand features members of the fictional, quite madcap Scrought's Wood Golf Club in Northumberland (near the village of Scroughtly) and especially Major General (ret.) Sir Richard Gussett, better known as Uncle Dickie in Feherty's ongoing "Sidespin" column for Golf. The tale poses a question, Can golf be fun?-and seems to answer that, yes, even for Tiger Woods there's often a nasty bit of rough. Feherty's focus is on the petrified but prestigious middle finger of St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland and thus of golf itself. The Scrought greens, hidden in a moor, lies smack into rough so treacherous that the entire course is barely visible from the air. And now Uncle Dickie must crush (if only by a single stroke) the roaring rival McGregor Clan of Tay for the St. Andrew Finger. A terrific little debut book about golf. First serial to Golf Digest; author tour

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142002650
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/25/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
337,620
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

David Feherty is a mainstay on CBS Sports as an on-course personality and commentator throughout the PGA golf season. In addition to penning his monthly Golf magazine column, Feherty also writes a bi-weekly column for Golfline.com, the most popular golf site on the Web.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a huge golf fan, but this is the best book I have read in my 21 years of life. Since seeing him on CBS and listening to him occasionally on the Jim Rome show, David Feherty has, in my view, brought anything about golf to the everyday know-nothing, especially me...THANK YOU!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago

I'm the author of THE GREEN and THE FOURSOME, written under the pseudonym 'Troon McAllister.' It's not often that I get jealous of someone else's writing, but David Feherty has a touch and a voice that is to die for. Sillines is the main point, and NASTY ROUGH is pure whimsy of the best sort, with some parts so hysterically funny it would be just as well you didn't read it with other people in the vicinity.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
What happens when you combine the remnants of a former British military regiment; the most exclusive golf club (Scrought's Wood in Northumberland) in the world; the petrified, albeit prestigious, middle finger of Saint Andrew; a horny little mixed terrier named Dwilby; the Clan McGregor of the Tay, and a ¿friendly¿ golf competition? Add to the fray an Irish rabbi, and a clan Chieftain who is always accompanied by ¿a rather skittish three-legged charcoal ewe,¿ and you end up with the sidesplitting, debut novel (presumably the first in a series) from CBS Sports¿ ¿Clown Prince of Golf Commentary,¿ and Golf Magazine¿s feature writer David Feherty. Feherty brings his imaginary Uncle Dickie, and Uncle Dickie¿s merry band of zaniacs, from the pages of Golf Magazine to this delightful riot that is A Nasty Bit of Rough. This book is pure Feherty ¿ quick, witty, and a laugh a minute. It¿s also educational. One such example is the answer it provides to the centuries old question, ¿What do Scots wear under their kilt?¿ As I read the book, I began casting the rolls that would fill the screenplay, should one be written. John Cleese would certainly be at the head of the pack as Major General (ret.) Sir Richard ¿Uncle Dickie¿ Gussett. Mike Myers would be included to reprise his Scottish characters from I Married an Axe Murderer or, the rather rotund ¿Fat B--t---d¿ in Austin Powers. Someone has to make a movie based on this book. I¿d recommend this volume to anyone who loves the game or knows someone who loves the game. A double eagle for ¿Golf's Ultimate Wise Guy!!¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most golf fiction is tedious at best, but this book is astonishingly funny and very well written. It's so well written, in fact, that it makes one wonder how a guy who spent most of his life trying to get a small ball in a hole in the ground learned to write with such clarity. Feherty is either a Renaissance man or someone clever enough to hire a great editor. Anyway, the adventures of the nutty group at Scroutly Woods are beyond compare and well worth taking time to get to know, and indeed love.