Missing Links

Missing Links

by Rick Reilly
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Missing Links by Rick Reilly

Missing Links is the story of four middle-class buddies who live outside Boston and for years have been 1) utterly obsessed with golf and 2) a regular foursome at Ponkaquoque Municipal Course and Deli, not so fondly known as Ponky, the single worst golf course in America. Just adjacent to the municipal course lies the Mayflower Country Club, the most exclusive private course in all of Boston and a major thorn in their collective sides. Frustrated by the Mayflower's finely manicured greens and snooty members, three of Ponky's most courageous--Two Down, Dannie, and Stick--set up a bet: $1,000 apiece, and the first man to finagle his way onto the Mayflower takes all.

One of the three will eventually play the course, but their friendships--and everything else--change as various truths unravel and the old Ponky starts looking like the home they never should have left.

"Don't get started reading this book. It will take three burly men
to pull you away from it."
--Bob Costas, NBC commentator

"You don't need to know your bogeys from your birdies to find at least threelaughs per page in this novel."
--The New York Times Book Review

"If you're obsessed with the 'green game,' and it's raining or snowing, orwe're under nuclear attack so you can't get out on the course, MissingLinks should give you a temporary fix."
--Rocky Mountain News

"Snappy prose, believable characters, and the funniest take on blue-collarhacking and gambling since Dan Jenkins's The Glory Game at GoatHill...it's social satire and pure irreverence that keep this story in thegroove."
--Los Angeles Times

"Part Damon Runyon, part Raymond Chandler, and part Caddyshack...I washooked for the full 18."
--Entertainment Weekly

"A great piece of fiction."
--Denver Post

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385474436
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/1996
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.52(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Rick Reilly has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year eleven times. Formerly a writer for Sports Illustrated and ESPN.com, he continues to deliver his opinion essays and features on ESPN SportsCenter. He is also the author of eleven books, several of which have been New York Times bestsellers.  His Sports From HellMy Search for the World’s Dumbest Competition was a finalist for the Thurber Prize. Reilly lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Missing Links 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so funny that my wife would come in to check on me. She'd find me laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my cheeks. This is not something that happens often. You don't have to play golf to enjoy this book. I live near Cape Cod but felt compelled drive over an hour to play "Ponky" myself after reading this book. It's awful. Thanks Rick.
Anonymous 6 months ago
YO MAMMA!!!!!!!!
Anonymous 7 months ago
U ok.
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Jon_from_MN More than 1 year ago
I had some unexpected flight delays and was in search of a new book to pass the time. Missing Links was the perfect answer. I nearly finished it before arriving at my final destination - I just couldn't put it down. I plan to also buy and read the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yah!!!!!! I hope you will use the character I gave to you!! I posted her at strong result one and her name is Cammie Stash!!!!
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over_par More than 1 year ago
Loved this book as well as the sequel, "Shanks for Nothing". A very fun and funny story suitable for anyone who loves the game of golf. This is one of those stories you wish you were apart of. Reilly's writing style keeps you entertained at all times. I read most of this book while on an airplane during my travels for work. Great book for travelers! Helps time go by fast!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Best fictional sports book I have ever read. Enjoyed the characters, the plot, the bets and the love affairs, which go from mundane to truly bizzare. I also appreciated the diagram layout of the course up front in the book. I have played the real Ponky on a few occasions and this is only slightly an exaggeration. Sadly, the real Ponky, really is a Donald Ross designed course (actually 2 courses)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for all golfers that play their game on the public courses of the world! I smiled all the way through it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is one of my personal favorites. I am only 14 years old and i loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It happens nearly every time we play Golf. One or more really 'suck' that day. Reilly's nicknames add more depth to this book than non-golfers can imagine. We all have nicknames stemming from our adolescent days. Thank God that most of us have not inherited any of these. These names are earned after many years of toil and Reilly blends them beautifully throughout his novel. Any true golfer, Country Club or Public, will read this book in no more than three sessions and most will read it non-stop if time allows.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the end, Mr. Reilly makes us realize the true nature of the sport. No matter where you play it, golf is about comraderie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from a friend who claimed it to be the best book he has ever read. I was expecting something great and that's what I got! Missing Links is a revealing story about social class and human behavior.....also, very funny. I'm telling everyone I know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was possibly the best book I've ever read. I would recomend it to everyone with a sense of humor. I lent it to a friend and he loved it as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most entertaining books, whether you're into golf or not! This is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a truly awesome read. It is hilarious, irreverant and true about the thousands of golf courses around the country. If you can't find some personifications of the people at your course you must not be playing the right courses. This book is a must read every winter/sprng as I begin to dream of summer and all the things that make golf synonomous with life.