Destined to become a classic of golf writing, Loopers is a treasure of a memoir about the uncommon world of the club caddy and the improbable journey it resulted in for one man. It is a perennial account that touches on the animating force of the game itself, reminding us of the reason we continue to tee the ball up, year in and year out.
John Dunn never expected that his summer job as a caddy at the local course in Connecticut might turn into something more. The lifers - as in "caddies for life" - that plied the loops were an ensemble of misfits and degenerates that made the caddy yard look more like an OTB parlor than anything near a country club. But Dunn came of age in those yards and on those courses, and after an eye-opening experience caddying in Aspen during college the magnetism of the game and the lifestyle proved irresistible. One adventure after another kept him coming back summer after summer, until - out of college - he found himself migrating with the seasons, looping at some of the most exquisite and exclusive golf locations in the world; Sherwood, Augusta, Bandon Dunes, Shinnecock, and St. Andrews to name a few. Dunn criss-crossed the country on his own big loop; working inside the privet hedges while camping on the mountains; following the back roads and stumbling across unexpected moments of profound natural beauty; embracing the freedom of what he calls the last vagabond existence in America, all while trying to decide whether to quit the loop and get a real job. Maybe next season...
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About the Author
John Dunn is a writer whose work has appeared in number magazines including The Golfer and Travel and Leisure Golf. For twenty years he worked as a caddy at golf courses around the world. His "research" for this book was collected over the years on courses and beaches and in bars all across the country and abroad.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
You don't have to fight your way to page 50 to get involved in John Dunn's engrossingly, well-written book. Start on page 1 and you will find yourself captivated by his experiences as a caddy nationally and internationally, as well as those of his fellow caddies. I won't put money on it, but will promise even if you are not a golfer you will enjoy his book. Here's hoping he continues writing for publication.
Page turner from start to finish. Just a tinge of Jealousy, hope he finds the test of what he is looking for. Would love to play the Double Helix.
This is a book more about lifestyle choices than golf, but it is an engaging read
it's need more golf less about your life styles