A Course Called Ireland

A Course Called Ireland
Author: Tom Coyne
Pages: 311
ISBN: 9781592405282
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Release: 2010
Editor: Penguin
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

This hilarious and epic tale follows a walking-averse golfer who treks his way around an entire country, spending 16 weeks playing every seaside hole in Ireland, and often battling through all four seasons in one Irish afternoon.

A Course Called Ireland

A Course Called Ireland
Author: Tom Coyne
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781101015872
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Release: 2009-02-19
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An epic Celtic sojourn in search of ancestors, nostalgia, and the world?s greatest round of golf In his thirties, married, and staring down impending fatherhood, Tom Coyne was well familiar with the last refuge of the adult male: the golfing trip. Intent on designing a golf trip to end all others, Coyne looked to Ireland, the place where his father had taught him to love the game years before. As he studied a map of the island and plotted his itinerary, it dawned on Coyne that Ireland was ringed with golf holes. The country began to look like one giant round of golf, so Coyne packed up his clubs and set off to play all of it. And since Irish golfers didn?t take golf carts, neither would he. He would walk the entire way. A Course Called Ireland is the story of a walking- averse golfer who treks his way around an entire country, spending sixteen weeks playing every seaside hole in Ireland and often battling through all four seasons in one Irish afternoon. Coyne plays everything from the top-ranked links in the world to nine-hole courses crowded with livestock. Along the way, he searches out his family?s roots, discovers that a once-poor country has been transformed by an economic boom, and finds that the only thing tougher to escape than Irish sand traps are Irish pubs. By turns hilarious and poetic, A Course Called Ireland is a magnificent tour of a vibrant land and a paean to the world?s greatest game.

A Course Called Ireland

A Course Called Ireland
Author: Tom Coyne
Pages: 311
ISBN: 1592404243
Available:
Release: 2009
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Traces the author's walking tour of Ireland in search of an ultimate golfing experience, describing his experiences with his father and the country that formed his love for the game, his encounters with an array of challenging natural obstacles, and his investigation into his Irish heritage. 30,000 first printing.

A Course Called Scotland

A Course Called Scotland
Author: Tom Coyne
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781476754291
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Release: 2019-06-04
Editor: Simon & Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * “One of the best golf books this century.” —Golf Digest Tom Coyne’s A Course Called Scotland is a heartfelt and humorous celebration of his quest to play golf on every links course in Scotland, the birthplace of the game he loves. For much of his adult life, bestselling author Tom Coyne has been chasing a golf ball around the globe. When he was in college, studying abroad in London, he entered the lottery for a prized tee time in Scotland, grabbing his clubs and jumping the train to St. Andrews as his friends partied in Amsterdam; later, he golfed the entirety of Ireland’s coastline, chased pros through the mini-tours, and attended grueling Qualifying Schools in Australia, Canada, and Latin America. Yet, as he watched the greats compete, he felt something was missing. Then one day a friend suggested he attempt to play every links course in Scotland and qualify for the greatest championship in golf. The result is A Course Called Scotland, “a fast-moving, insightful, often funny travelogue encompassing the width of much of the British Isles” (GolfWeek), including St. Andrews, Turnberry, Dornoch, Prestwick, Troon, and Carnoustie. With his signature blend of storytelling, humor, history, and insight, Coyne weaves together his “witty and charming” (Publishers Weekly) journey to more than 100 legendary courses in Scotland with compelling threads of golf history and insights into the contemporary home of golf. As he journeys Scotland in search of the game’s secrets, he discovers new and old friends, rediscovers the peace and power of the sport, and, most importantly, reaffirms the ultimate connection between the game and the soul. It is “a must-read” (Golf Advisor) rollicking love letter to Scotland and golf as no one has attempted it before.

Paper Tiger

Paper Tiger
Author: Tom Coyne
Pages: 328
ISBN: 1592402097
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Release: 2006
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Traces the author's year-long attempt to earn a competitor's spot at the PGA Tour Qualifying School, an endeavor marked by such challenges as crash diets, sports psychiatrists, and obscure tournaments. 30,000 first printing.

Hooked An Amateur s Guide to the Golf Courses of Ireland

Hooked  An Amateur s Guide to the Golf Courses of Ireland
Author: Kevin Markham
Pages: 382
ISBN: 9781848898332
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Release: 2009-04-15
Editor: Gill & Macmillan Ltd
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What makes playing a golf course a great experience? Kevin Markham travelled 6,800 miles in a 20-year-old camper van, walked 2,100 miles, lost countless balls, and wore out three pairs of golf shoes to find out. He played and rated every 18-hole course - all 350 of them. The result is the most comprehensive, best-researched guide to Irish golfs, from expensive, well-known courses to affordable little gems. Kevin assesses each course in a detailed review and from a novel perspective, rating the golfing experience using the same criteria for all courses. Courses are ranked out of 100, across 8 criteria, such as design, appeal and value for money. This concise, detailed book is for golfing tourists looking for great value courses; for golfing societies that want to go beyond their local area; and for Irish golfers searching for excellent but unsung courses in Ireland. Written from an amateur's perspective, reviews focus on the energy and excitement of playing each course to give a true representation of the golf experience, and provides all the information necessary to book your round.

The Book of Irish Golf

The Book of Irish Golf
Author: John Redmond
Pages: 159
ISBN: 1565543270
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Release: 1997-01-01
Editor: Pelican Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Explores the origins of golf in Ireland, including the legendary courses and players of this hugely popular sport.

Emerald Fairways and Foam Flecked Seas

Emerald Fairways and Foam Flecked Seas
Author: James W. Finegan
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781416532989
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Release: 2007-01-09
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Describes the history of more than fifty Irish golf courses and the famous matches which took place there, and offers suggestions for golfing vacation tours and accommodations.

Ireland s Golf Courses

Ireland s Golf Courses
Author: Vic Robbie,Padraig Harrington
Pages: 287
ISBN: 1845960734
Available:
Release: 2006-06-01
Editor: Mainstream
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Ireland has always been famous for the warmth of its welcome. Now the excellence of its magnificent golf courses has been recognised with the K Club being selected to host the 2006 Ryder Cup. Ireland abounds in great golfing challenges, with its legendary courses known throughout the world -acourses such as Ballybunion, Druids Glen, the unique 20-hole European, Mount Juliet, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Portmarnock, the K Club and Waterville. IRELAND'S GOLF COURSES: THE COMPLETE GUIDE includes the latest additions to Ireland's rich collection, including Carton, Doonbeg, PGA National Ireland at Palmerstown House and the Heritage. It provides all the essential information on more than 400 golf courses and includes a directory of clubs with a description of each course, how to get there, facilities, catering, green fees and where to stay, plus more than a hundred pages of colour photographs and diagrams of Ireland's most interesting and challenging holes. This lavishly illustrated book also includes a guide to the Ryder Cup and an in-depth look at The K Club's Palmer Course. IRELAND'S GOLF COURSES: THE COMPLETE GUIDE is essential if you are golfing in Ireland.

Commander in Cheat

Commander in Cheat
Author: Rick Reilly
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780316527842
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Release: 2019-04-02
Editor: Hachette Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Reilly pokes more holes in Trump's claims than there are sand traps on all of his courses combined. It is by turns amusing and alarming." -- The New Yorker "Golf is the spine of this shocking, wildly humorous book, but humanity is its flesh and spirit." -- Chicago Sun-Times "Every one of Trump's most disgusting qualities surfaces in golf." -- The Ringer An outrageous indictment of Donald Trump's appalling behavior when it comes to golf -- on and off the green -- and what it reveals about his character. Donald Trump loves golf. He loves to play it, buy it, build it, and operate it. He owns 14 courses around the world and runs another five, all of which he insists are the best on the planet. He also claims he's a 3 handicap, almost never loses, and has won an astonishing 18 club championships. How much of all that is true? Almost none of it, acclaimed sportswriter Rick Reilly reveals in this unsparing look at Trump in the world of golf. Based on Reilly's own experiences with Trump as well as interviews with over 100 golf pros, amateurs, developers, and caddies, Commander in Cheat is a startling and at times hilarious indictment of Trump and his golf game. You'll learn how Trump cheats (sometimes with the help of his caddies and Secret Service agents), lies about his scores (the "Trump Bump"), tells whoppers about the rank of his courses and their worth (declaring that every one of them is worth $50 million), and tramples the etiquette of the game (driving on greens doesn't help). Trump doesn't brag so much, though, about the golf contractors he stiffs, the course neighbors he intimidates, or the way his golf decisions wind up infecting his political ones. For Trump, it's always about winning. To do it, he uses the tricks he picked up from the hustlers at the public course where he learned the game as a college kid, and then polished as one of the most bombastic businessmen of our time. As Reilly writes, "Golf is like bicycle shorts. It reveals a lot about a man." Commander in Cheat "paints a side-splitting portrait of a congenital cheater" (Esquire), revealing all kinds of unsightly truths Trump has been hiding.

The History and Topography of Ireland

The History and Topography of Ireland
Author: Gerald of Wales
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9780141915562
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Release: 2006-06-29
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Gerald of Wales was among the most dynamic and fascinating churchmen of the twelfth century. A member of one of the leading Norman families involved in the invasion of Ireland, he first visited there in 1183 and later returned in the entourage of Henry II. The resulting Topographia Hiberniae is an extraordinary account of his travels. Here he describes landscapes, fish, birds and animals; recounts the history of Ireland's rulers; and tells fantastical stories of magic wells and deadly whirlpools, strange creatures and evil spirits. Written from the point of view of an invader and reformer, this work has been rightly criticized for its portrait of a primitive land, yet it is also one of the most important sources for what is known of Ireland during the Middle Ages.

Backspin

Backspin
Author: Arv Olson
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781927051412
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Release: 2012
Editor: Heritage House Publishing Co
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Backspin is a comprehensive overview of everything golf-related in BC. Veteran sportswriter Arv Olson's work on the trailblazers and the growth of the game and the province's golf courses was "the preeminent resource" on golf history when he self-published Backspin in 1992. This first Heritage House edition has been completely updated and revamped to mark 2012's 120th anniversary of golf in BC. Since its start in Beacon Hill Park in Victoria and Stanley Park in Vancouver, golf has been backed by an assortment of colourful characters who have enthusiastically teamed up to create courses and clubs in the heart of many towns-some of them even running for office to protect their links. Backspin is an encyclopedic reference on the growth of BC's golf game, legendary golf figures past and present, and the golf courses of BC. Olson doesn't neglect the fun, either, including entertaining golf anecdotes and writings from the early days. Hall of Famers and humble hackers, old pros and lucky ace-makers—Olson's history of the game completes the circuit, including everything from humour and hardship to murder and mayhem.

Ireland s Finest Golf Courses

Ireland s Finest Golf Courses
Author: John Redmond
Pages: 162
ISBN: 0717140792
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Release: 2006-06-27
Editor: Gill & MacMillan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Presented as a memento for Ireland's hosting of the Ryder Cup in 2006, this illustrated book celebrates the development of many world-class golf courses in Ireland, as well as the top, established courses.

The Book of Evidence

The Book of Evidence
Author: John Banville
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780307817129
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Release: 2012-03-07
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

John Banville’s stunning powers of mimicry are brilliantly on display in this engrossing novel, the darkly compelling confession of an improbable murderer. Freddie Montgomery is a highly cultured man, a husband and father living the life of a dissolute exile on a Mediterranean island. When a debt comes due and his wife and child are held as collateral, he returns to Ireland to secure funds. That pursuit leads to murder. And here is his attempt to present evidence, not of his innocence, but of his life, of the events that lead to the murder he committed because he could. Like a hero out of Nabokov or Camus, Montgomery is a chillingly articulate, self-aware, and amoral being, whose humanity is painfully on display.

Silence Under A Stone

Silence Under A Stone
Author: Norma MacMaster
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781473544826
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Release: 2018-02-01
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Sitting alone in her Dublin nursing home, Harriet Campbell reflects on a life that has become tainted by bitterness and regret. From a strictly Presbyterian community along the Irish border, at sixteen young Harriet is married off to Thomas, a respected church Elder but a cold, sober man twice her age. The birth of her son James, a bright boy destined for great things, brings joy and light to her life. But when he falls in love with a beautiful girl from the wrong faith, their relationship is torn apart. Written in startlingly beautiful prose, Norma MacMaster’s Silence Under a Stone is an intimate, deeply moving story of love, faith and the pain of an irreconcilable heart.

Links of Heaven

Links of Heaven
Author: Richard Phinney,Scott Whitley
Pages: 306
ISBN: 1888132027
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Release: 1996
Editor: Baltry Books
Language: en

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The Range Bucket List

The Range Bucket List
Author: James Dodson
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781476746739
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Release: 2017-05-09
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Beloved, award-winning golf writer James Dodson, author of Final Rounds and American Triumvirate, shares his funny, intimate, nostalgic journey of self and sport in his golfing “bucket list.” Many years ago, when James Dodson was thirteen years old, he wrote a list titled “Things to Do in Golf.” It included the golfing aspirations of a young boy who had no idea where life would take him. A few years ago, now in his sixties and one of the most respected golf writers of all time, Dodson rediscovered the piece of paper in an old trunk. Realizing that he had yet to achieve many of his thirteen-year-old dreams, and pondering the things he’d add to the list if he wrote it today, he expanded the list into a golfing “bucket list” of the people and places he had yet to meet and see in the golf world. In this tribute to the game he loves, Dodson takes readers on a journey around the world and into the lives of characters large and small. From an interesting lunch with Donald Trump to rounds with John Updike and intimate conversations with Arnold Palmer, from scoring a memorable thirteen on a hole at St. Andrews to revealing the real reason The Masters has always been broadcast on CBS, The Range Bucket List is simultaneously an exhilarating armchair adventure and one man’s love letter to a game that has fundamentally shaped him and his life, filled with unforgettable characters, untold history, and lots of heart.

Projekt 1065

Projekt 1065
Author: Alan Gratz
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780545880176
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Release: 2016-10-11
Editor: Scholastic Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Infiltrate. Befriend. Sabotage. World War II is raging. Michael O'Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. Like the other boys in his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth. But Michael has a secret. He and his parents are spies. Michael despises everything the Nazis stand for. But he joins in the Hitler Youth's horrific games and book burnings, playing the part so he can gain insider knowledge. When Michael learns about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi war mission, things get even more complicated. He must prove his loyalty to the Hitler Youth at all costs -- even if it means risking everything he cares about. Including... his own life. From acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087) comes a pulse-pounding novel about facing fears and fighting for what matters most.

An American Caddie in St Andrews

An American Caddie in St  Andrews
Author: Oliver Horovitz
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781101590836
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Release: 2013-03-14
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A hilarious and poignant memoir of a Harvard student who comes of age as a caddie on St. Andrews’s fabled Old Course. In the middle of Oliver Horovitz’s high school graduation ceremony, his cell phone rang: It was Harvard. He’d been accepted, but he couldn’t start for another year. A caddie since he was twelve and a golfer sporting a 1.8 handicap, Ollie decides to spend his gap year in St. Andrews, Scotland—a town with the U.K.’s highest number of pubs per capita, and home to the Old Course, golf ’s most famous eighteen holes—where he enrolls in the St. Andrews Links Trust caddie trainee program. Initially, the notoriously brusque veteran caddies treat Ollie like a bug. But after a year of waking up at 4:30 A.M. every morning and looping two rounds a day, Ollie earns their grudging respect— only to have to pack up and leave for Harvard. There, Ollie’s new classmates are the sons of Albania’s UN ambassador, the owner of Heineken, and the CEO of Goldman Sachs. Surrounded by sixth generation legacies, he feels like a fish out of water all over again and can’t wait to get back to St. Andrews. Even after graduation, when his college friends rush to Wall Street, Horovitz continues to return each summer to caddie on the Old Course. A hilarious, irresistible, behind-the-scenes peek at the world’s most celebrated golf course—and its equally famous caddie shack—An American Caddie in St. Andrews is certain to not only entertain golfers and fans of St. Andrews but also anyone who dares to remember stumbling into adulthood and finding one’s place in the world.

Irish Nationalists in America

Irish Nationalists in America
Author: David Brundage
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9780199912773
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Release: 2016-03-07
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this important work of deep learning and insight, David Brundage gives us the first full-scale history of Irish nationalists in the United States. Beginning with the brief exile of Theobald Wolfe Tone, founder of Irish republican nationalism, in Philadelphia on the eve of the bloody 1798 Irish rebellion, and concluding with the role of Bill Clinton's White House in the historic 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, Brundage tells a story of more than two hundred years of Irish American (and American) activism in the cause of Ireland. The book, though, is far more than a narrative history of the movement. Brundage effectively weaves into his account a number of the analytical themes and perspectives that have transformed the study of nationalism over the last two decades. The most important of these perspectives is the "imagined" or "invented" character of nationalism. A second theme is the relationship of nationalism to the waves of global migration from the early nineteenth century to the present and, more precisely, the relationship of nationalist politics to the phenomenon of political exile. Finally, the work is concerned with Irish American nationalists' larger social and political vision, which sometimes expanded to embrace causes such as the abolition of slavery, women's rights, or freedom for British colonial subjects in India and Africa, and at other times narrowed, avoiding or rejecting such "extraneous" concerns and connections. All of these themes are placed within a thoroughly transnational framework that is one of the book's most important contributions. Irish nationalism in America emerges from these pages as a movement of great resonance and power. This is a work that will transform our understanding of the experience of one of America's largest immigrant groups and of the phenomenon of diasporic or "long-distance" nationalism more generally.