In every life, there are roads taken and untaken, choices made and dreams abandoned. And then there's golf. As a teenager, Tom Cox dreamed of sporting immortality. For four years he devoted himself to the game he loved. And then, one day, he walked away. But as he got older, those dreams kept coming back. Perhaps it was turning thirty, perhaps it was winning his local club's scratch championship, perhaps it was having his first hole in one, but he decided it was time to start again, to live the dream for real. So he switched off his computer, grabbed his checked trousers and headed for the golf course. To turn pro. There are two ways of becoming a full-time professional sportsman. The first and most favoured approach goes something like this: be born gifted; take up your chosen game early; practise incredibly hard; let nothing stand in your way. The second is more controversial. Just turn up. As long as you're wearing the right socks, you should be OK.
Popular novelist Dan Jenkins is well known in the golf world for his column in Golf Digest. A modern classic among 20th-century sports novels, Dead Solid Perfect is Jenkins' hilarious send-up of professional golfers and the often ludicrous reality of life on the tour.
Drie mannen, één vrouw. Een golfwedstrijd en geldbeheer. Dat zijn de ingrediënten van Drive. Een roman over vooroordelen, over rivaliteit, over normen en waarden, over grote inzichten en .... over golf! De karakters zijn stereotype en de verschillen tussen de flightgenoten kunnen niet groter zijn. De onderhuidse spanningen worden steeds meer voelbaar. Het dreigt uit de hand te lopen bij de negende hole, maar dan verschijnt er een onvoorziene gast op de baan. Daarna is niets meer hetzelfde.Hier de productbeschrijving
Golfen met je Ogen Dicht' beschrijft het verhaal van Birdy Mulligan, de schuilnaam van een man die (illegaal) voor geld speelt, maar die begonnen is als iedereen. Zoekend naar de juiste methode en heel veel verloren balletjes komt hij terecht bij een goeroe die hem de ware aard van golf laat zien. Op puur fysische wijze toont hij aan hoe je kunt leren golfen als een pro in één dag. Birdy Mulligan heeft het gedaan en openbaart nu hoe iedereen dit kan. Vergeet de analyse van de swing, geniet van dit boek en speel als een pro.
An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing an overcoat that is too big for him? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pcket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse...
Originally drawn to the game by his father, Carl Hiaasen wisely quit golfing in 1973. But some ambitions refuse to die, and as the years–and memories of shanked 7-irons faded, it dawned on Carl that there might be one thing in life he could do better in middle age than he could as a youth. So gradually he ventured back to the dreaded driving range, this time as the father of a five-year-old son–and also as a grandfather. “What possesses a man to return in midlife to a game at which he’d never excelled in his prime, and which in fact had dealt him mostly failure, angst and exasperation? Here’s why I did it: I’m one sick bastard.” And thus we have Carl’s foray into a world of baffling titanium technology, high-priced golf gurus, bizarre infomercial gimmicks and the mind-bending phenomenon of Tiger Woods; a maddening universe of hooks and slices where Carl ultimately–and foolishly–agrees to compete in a country-club tournament against players who can actually hit the ball. “That’s the secret of the sport’s infernal seduction,” he writes. “It surrenders just enough good shots to let you talk yourself out of quitting.” Hiaasen’s chronicle of his shaky return to this bedeviling pastime and the ensuing demolition of his self-esteem–culminating with the savage 45-hole tournament–will have you rolling with laughter. Yet the bittersweet memories of playing with his own father and the glow he feels when watching his own young son belt the ball down the fairway will also touch your heart. Forget Tiger, Phil and Ernie. If you want to understand the true lure of golf, turn to Carl Hiaasen, who offers an extraordinary audiobook for the ordinary hacker.
The story is set in San Diego, London and New York, as well as in ancient and modern Scotland. The game of golf blends with mystery and suspense surrounding an obsession so strong by some to own this valuable antique feathery golf ball that they'll commit murder to satisfy it. A sub-plot involves an attempt by a gambling interest to fix the British Open when the leading player's caddie is abducted to force his withdrawal.
Before 1913, golf had been a minority sport in the US. A British import, it was a game dominated by its creators, and none more so than Harry Vardon, multiple Open champion and 'King of Clubs'. Twenty-three years his junior, Francis Ouimet had developed a love for the game despite his father's fierce disapproval. His part in the 1913 US Open was meant to be as a spectator, but after a strong performance at the National Amateur Championships the powers that be insisted he compete. Amateur versus Professional. Novice versus master. Local boy versus all-conquering hero. Britain versus America. No one gave Ouimet a chance. But as the tournament went on, and his galleries got bigger, people began to think the unthinkable... "An extraordinary book... [with] passages that were so convincing they made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up" -The Times "Book of the year... a wonderful achievement... if you know someone who loves golf, good writing and a great story, please buy it for them. If you don't, treat yourself" -Scottish Golf "A thrilling, drawn-out contest... brilliantly told by Mark Frost. What makes this book special is the way it marries social history with sporting biography... Frost produces vivid, often moving portraits of the two protagonists" -Sunday Telegraph "A brilliant story, brilliantly told... a truly outstanding piece of sports writing" -Sunday Tribune "One of the best golf books ever written" -Travel and Leisure Golf
Academy Award-Winning Director, Robert Redford brings to life the story of Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon), a promising young golfer who loses his swing after he experiences the harrowing frontlines of war. Once considered Savannah's greatest sportsman and favourite celebrity, Junuh had won the heart of the town's prettiest heiress, Adele Invergordon (Charlize Theron). But when he returned from war, he was a defeated man, giving up both golf and Adele for the sake of alcohol. When Junuh is given a chance to redeem himself by competing in a celebrity golf tounament, he must first regain his swing and his self-respect. It will take a miracle, in the form of a mysterious caddy named Bagger Vance (Will Smith), for Junuh to get his game back as well as his life.
An allegory about the search for the inner self is set on a Georgia golf course in 1931, where a caddie uses his mysterious powers to affect the game and the fate of the players.