New York Times Book Review

THE ULTIMATE GOLF BOOK: A History and a Celebration of the World's Greatest Game

Charles McGrath, Editor, David McCormick, Editor, John Garrity, Text by (Art/Photo Books) . Houghton Mifflin $40 (272p) ISBN 978-0-618-14546-1

The misnomer that this browser is "the ultimate" among countless others like itself is quickly pointed out by McGrath, editor of the New York Times Book Review, who presents this collection of unexpectedly intimate compositions with great relish. Featuring over 300 photographs that range from attractive to dazzling, the 18 essays muse on the history, rules, architecture and pleasures of the game from the likes of John Updike, Rick Reilly and John Feinstein. David Owen confesses his joy of the personal game; Chang-Rae Lee investigates the East Coast behavior of golf fans who beat the crowds by camping out for tee times; and a warm piece on winter play by Ward Just is a remarkable standout. Historian Garrity provides every angle, from the game's assumed birth in Scotland to the early tour years, the advent of television, the importance of the swing and the "equipocentric" nature of the sport. Meanwhile, the transcendent abilities of Tiger Woods prove sufficient for godlike glory. The combined effect of these pieces is rewarding, putting the reader at risk of alienating friends and family with an unabated love of golf. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 03/25/2002
Release date: 04/01/2002
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Paperback - 210 pages - 978-0-618-71025-6
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