Golf's All-Time Firsts, Mosts, Leasts, and a Few Nevers

Golf's All-Time Firsts, Mosts, Leasts, and a Few Nevers

by Al Barkow


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ISBN-13: 9781589796768
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 03/16/2012
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Al Barkow is a veteran golf journalist and author of over a dozen books on the sport. The 2005 recipient of the PGA's Lifetime Achievement Award, he lives in Albany, California.

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Golf's All-Time Firsts, Mosts, Leasts, and a Few Nevers 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Prop2gether on LibraryThing 20 days ago
This is a delightfully fun compendium of all the useless but interesting trivia about the sport of golfing. The facts are given, a few stories are told, and I thoroughly enjoyed the reading. I will give a copy as a gift to a speaker who loves golf and to my son, who started out looking like Happy Gilmore at the range.
BlackjackNY on LibraryThing 20 days ago
A fun little reference book by one of the better-known golf writers working today. Interesting and unusual facts for any golf fan. If you've got a friend who thinks they know golf trivia, read this so you can top them any time!
molinaresj on LibraryThing 20 days ago
this an interesting book im huge into golf so this was a great book for me. yes i agree with last reviewer it was a bit childish but nothing wrong with that I would defntly recommend this to a friend. as a matter of fact i have just let a friend borrow this book . I learned some interesting facts that i never would have known had i not read this book. good writing
Readerwoman on LibraryThing 20 days ago
We are going to the final round of the US Open Golf Tournament in San Francisco this year, and I thought this book would make a marvelous backdrop for conversations about golfing. And it is. I don't care so much about the current statistics, because those chance all the time but the trivia is delightful, interesting and fascinating. Did you know Lefty Stackhouse holds the record for the most clubs broken during one temper tantrum? 14! First Englishman to win the PGA - happened in 1916 - but you will have to read the book to find out who it was! The ONLY reason I didn't give this 5 stars was because it will become outdated before long, but that may be a good thing... no matter how it changes, golf will always be a game of kings - and Al Barkow's presentation of history, tidbits of golfing hysteria and humor may be a book that will be passed around the locker room this season.This book was won on Early Reviewers, but the opinions stated are my own.
KWoman on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Seemed kind of childish to me. May be of more interest to someone who truly enjoys golfing, but one of my friends who does also read it, and agreed with me.
Bgem on LibraryThing 20 days ago
The closest I have come to playing golf is at the mini-golf course and online, but ere is no denying I am fascinated with the game so I had to get my hands on this book. Author Al Barklow introduced the world to a new level of the game in this book that made me finally grab a club and hit the course for a birdie.This books tells your everything you want to know about golf and then some more. Explore the history of the game while learning the dynamics of the US Open, the Masters and the PGA. Visit the world of women's golf and college golf, and if you wish to know about golfing equipments, ethics and the firsts, most and lasts of almost everything pertaining to golf, then you'll have to have to just read the book.
realbigcat on LibraryThing 20 days ago
I have hundreds of books on golf and I would classify this one as a general reference. It's not the type of book you would sit down and read from cover to cover but rather pick up from time to time and learn some interesting facts. Al Barkow is a well known golf writer and in this volume he has put togerther some unusual and not well know facts that would interest any golf fan.
NellieMc on LibraryThing 20 days ago
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any golf follower. It's a light book, easy to pick up and peruse and full of interesting factoids. It would appeal, in particular, to longer-time followers of the game who would remember some of the historical names when they were making their records (Hogan, Trevino, and, of course, Nicklaus & Palmer, etc.) I found it especially interesting to follow how improvements in equipment are affecting both records and course redesign. And I like the small touch of adding some pages at the end for a golfer to add their own stats.
ridgeclub on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Mr. Barkow has compiled a great reference book of golf factoids. I found myself skipping around rather than reading it straight through, but it's organized well so if specific information is desired there is a logical chapter for it. It will appeal to the zealot rather than the casual golf fan.
tommyarmour on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Al Barkow's latest publication contains enough golf factoids to make one's head spin. Some data contained herein I was unaware anyone even tracked, and I have one or two other golf reference books. Surely, the computer age is upon us, for one would be a veritable Rip VanWinkle trying to keep this many facts organized and readily available without a book such as this to consult. You will certainly win a bar bet or two if you comit this book to memory. Like others, who have reviwed this volume, I don't think it's a page turner like many mysteries are, but if you follow golf closely you need to have this work in you library. The person who perhaps plays the game occassionally or simply watches television coverage can live without it, if you don't mind losing all those bar bets. The text's concept is simple enough, as stated by it's title. I have enjoyed reading it a page or two at a time.