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Tom Coyne - A Course Called America (2nd Hand Paperback)

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Synopsis

The New York Times Bestseller.

Subtitled : Fifty States, Five Thousand Fairways and the search for The Great American Golf Course.

"A Course Called America" is packed with fascinating tales from American golf history, comic road misadventures, illuminating insights into course design, and many a memorable round with local golfers and celebrity guests.

The Globe-trotting golfer & best selling author Tom Coyne has finally come home. And he’s ready to play all of it. After playing hundreds of courses overseas in the birthplace of golf,​ Coyne, the bestselling author of "A Course Called Ireland" and "A Course Called Scotland", returns to his own birthplace and delivers a “heartfelt, rollicking ode to golf . . . [as he] describes playing golf in every state of the union, including Alaska: 295 courses, 5,182 holes, 1.7 million total yards”.

In the span of one unforgettable year, Coyne criss-crosses the country in search of its greatest golf experience, playing every course to ever host a US Open, along with more than two hundred hidden gems and heavyweights, visiting all fifty states to find a better understanding of his home country and countrymen.

Coyne’s journey begins where the US Open and US Amateur got their start, historic Newport Country Club in Rhode Island. As he travels from the oldest and most elite of links to the newest and most democratic, Coyne finagles his way onto coveted first tees (Shinnecock, Oakmont, Chicago GC) between rounds at off-the-map revelations, like ranch golf in Eastern Oregon and homemade golf in the Navajo Nation. He marvels at the golf miracle hidden in the sand hills of Nebraska and plays an unforgettable midnight game under bright sunshine on the summer solstice in Fairbanks, Alaska.

More than just a tour of the best golf the United States has to offer, Coyne’s quest connects him with hundreds of American golfers, each from a different background but all with one thing in common: pride in welcoming Coyne to their course. Trading stories and swing tips with caddies, pros, and golf buddies for the day, Coyne adopts the wisdom of one of his hosts in Minnesota: the best courses are the ones you play with the best people.

But, in the end, only one stop on Coyne’s journey can be ranked the Great American Golf Course. Throughout his travels, he invites golfers to debate and help shape his criteria for judging the quintessential American course. Should it be charmingly traditional or daringly experimental? An architectural showpiece or a natural wonder? Countless conversations and gut instinct lead him to seek out a course that feels bold and idealistic, welcoming yet imperfect, with a little revolutionary spirit and a damn good hot dog at the turn. He discovers his long-awaited answer in the most unlikely of places.

Details
  • Format : Slightly Thicker 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
  • Category : Non-Fiction - Sports & Pastimes
  • Published : 2021 (Avid Reader Press - USA)
  • ISBN : 9781982128067
  • SKU : B003305
  • PPC : SP400gm
  • RRP : $18.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

“ . . . a delightful, entertaining book even nongolfers can enjoy” - Kirkus Reviews.

A Course Called America is an unequivocal pleasure. Tom Coyne gives a fresh perspective on many places I've been, and I had to pause a number of times to relish the way he reflects on what he encounters - the people, the history, and the humour. Here is a soulful and thoroughly entertaining journey that will give people a sense of what golf means to so many of our friends who love the game.” - Ben Crenshaw, two-time Masters Champion.

A Course Called America is a discovery of our country, our culture, our people and the diverse ways we come to the game of golf. As a golf course architect, I thought I would love the descriptions of the courses he discovered, and looked forward to finding out which would be crowned the Great American Golf Course. I quickly realized that the stars of this book are not the courses, but the people playing them. I became enthralled with the varied experiences of golf, the camaraderie, the matches. Tom Coyne is a wonderful storyteller, and the stories that unfold across this vast landscape called America - some laugh out loud funny, and some stirringly poignant - get to the soul of our game and the heart of our nation.” -
Gil Hanse, renowned golf course architect.

“As Tom uses his gift for storytelling to chronicle his journey through some of America’s best golf courses, you’ll find yourself remembering why you first fell in love with the game. 
A Course Called America is a beautifully woven together story that is somehow hilarious and moving all at once, and paints a vivid picture of all that golf in America has to offer.” -
Stacy Lewis, two-time major champion.

“An entertaining blend of travelogue, memoir, and sports writing . . . Golf nuts will be tantalized by the glimpses of America’s premier courses, while those looking to book an epic post-pandemic golf trip will find plenty of inspiration.” - Publishers Weekly.

"Another epic golfing journey undertaken by Mr. Coyne. A heartfelt joy to read, transporting the reader to the courses played, bringing them to life along with the characters populating them." - Amazon Review.

The Author

Tom Coyne is the author of the New York Times bestsellers A Course Called Ireland and A Course Called ScotlandPaper Tiger; and the novel A Gentleman’s Game, named one of the best 25 sports books of all time by The Philadelphia Daily News and adapted into a motion picture starring Gary Sinise. He is podcast host and senior editor for The Golfer’s Journal, and has written for GOLF MagazineGolfweekSports IllustratedThe New York Times, and numerous other publications. He earned an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Notre Dame, where he won the William Mitchell Award for distinguished achievement. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.

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