Chasing Dreams in the Boondocks: A Golf Course Comes to Life

Chasing Dreams in the Boondocks: A Golf Course Comes to Life

by Bill Haney


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ISBN-13: 9780970091765
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Pages: 410
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Bill Haney lives in the country near Ortonville, Michigan, with his patience-of-Job wife, Marcy, where he is restricted to two pampered golf holes for the pleasure of his six grandkids.

Haney also commutes to New York where he is executive vice president and director of corporate communications for ad agency Foote Cone & Belding. He previously was executive vice president and consultant to the chairman of The MacManus Group. While at MacManus he founded the DMB&B Licensing Group and the DMB&B Public Relations. Haney also worked for the Bendix Corporation and Bendix Aerospace Systems Division in Ann Arbor.

In the world of publishing, Haney was the founder and president of Momentum Books Ltd. in Troy, Michigan, associate director of The University of Michigan Press in Ann Arbor, and director of book publishing at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. For several years he ran his own consulting group focusing on publishers and communication clients.

In addition Haney has written, co-authored, or ghost written many books, as well as numerous articles, short stories, and film scripts. His works have been published in magazines in the United States and Canada and have been translated and reprinted in Europe and Japan.

Haney has strong ties to the world of golf, beginning with his days as a caddie, and continuing through his days as greenskeeper, caddie master, assistant pro, instructor, and recipient of a scholarship for outstanding caddie athletes and scholars.

What People are Saying About This

John M. Delzell

From the very first chapter of this heart-warming book, Bill Haney reaches out and pulls the reader into his dream of building his own golf course. I found myself wanting to grab a shovel and help move the dirt, mow the grass, and then make my way across Willow Creek, walk past the wild strawberry patch, and trudge to the top of Smedley Hill, tee up a Titleist, and yell, FORE! — (Author, Columnist, retired newspaper publisher)

Bruce Fenton

Calling Chasing Dreams in the Boondocks a book about golf is like calling Huckleberry Finn a book about water sports. Never mind if you've never wrought violence on a Titleist, or don't know the difference between a three-wood and Tiger Woods. Boondocks is, more than anything else, a story about family, friendship, hope, and persistence. It is by turns moving, funny, and uplifting and one of the most compelling reads to come down the fairway in a long time. —(Author of The Best, Worst, and Most Unusual and other books)

Ernie Harwell

Bill Haney captures a spirit as American as baseball. With scant resources but lots of heart and passion, he and his little family set out to make an impossible dream come true. Along the way, they found adventures, solved mysteries, and encountered fascinating off-center characters. Chasing Dreams in the Boondocks is a captivating and delightful account of a quest to build a natural golf course. It's as though A Year in Provence came to the American Midwest. —(Hall of Fame baseball announcer, author Tuned to Baseball and other books

Robert Mads Anderson

Chasing Dreams in the Boondocks is so much more than a golf book. Like the encompassing, compelling nature of the game itself, the story starts with a simple goal, yet expands into a tale of insight and human character that is a tribute to the American pioneering spirit. With a keen eye for the emotions evoked from the view of a newly mown fairway rolling over the land, to the rural characters that spring to life from the pages, the author takes us along on a story that grows from the setting for a game of golf to the game of life itself. —(Author of Summits: Climbing the Seven Summits Solo and other books)

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