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Golf on the Rocks by Gary Sutherland (2012-08-07)

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  • By JP Czar on January 6, 2012

    Gary Sutherland has done a very nice job describing a journey he wanted to take and write about. He's going to take a memento from his deceased father (an old putter) and play 18 rounds of golf on obscure Island courses in Scotland. Ok. So that's the premise...And the story that's told is funny and insightful - told with just a hint of Scottish dry wit and a good dose of Scottish dialect.The context for the book is golf on small, sometimes non-existent golf courses in the remotest regions of Scotland. The narrative of the story weaves between the interaction of the golfers and their relationship with the people they meet along the way. And it's written so very well.People writing about golf have two problems 1) How do I get the reader to have interest in me golfing. Why should the reader care about a particular shot on a golf course. The reader doesn't know the writer, so why should they have an interest in how the writer hit a ball...This problem of writing and reading golf books (I have read an awful lot of them about Scotland golf) is a boring commentary that might accompany someone playing a round of golf...."I hit this shot....I putted hear...." It can be painful to read, because you have no interest in 'two shots to get out of a bunker' or 'lost a ball over a fence'...2) The second problem with writing about golf is, like most sports - but golf in particular, Golf is a visual outdoor sport, where the beauty of the setting and the design of the holes is important. "A slight downhill dogleg right that finishes by the beach - is hard to visualize....Here the Sutherland does a very nice job, often using Scottish terminology (he is Scottish after all) and that adds a lot to the mind's eye.I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about golf in Scotland. Also, this book would be good for anyone looking to understand the Scottish character. Sutherland shares a lot of himself in the book.Recommendation? If you have a chance to read the book and use Google Earth - take a look at satellite imagery of these courses as he talks about them. The book has illustrations of each course, but it will amaze you AND help you to appreciate the story even more when you see the courses....also it's fun to use the Street Views function to see where they walk towns, etc.Enjoy.

  • By WF Enterprises (Consignment) on September 22, 2014

    The author is a good storyteller and his subject is of considerable interest to lovers of Scotland and Scottish golf. Unfortunately, a bad case of fractured syntax and semi-literate use of pronouns seriously detracts from an otherwise entertaining read.

  • By Harrison Hine on September 27, 2015

    A fun read from a good Author. He engages you in his trek.

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