A Course Called Ireland: A Long Walk in Search of a Country, a Pint, and the Next Tee

Tom Coyne, Author . Gotham $26 (311p) ISBN 978-1-592-40424-7

In this cheerily self-deprecating work, Coyne—an Irish-American Philadelphian who never knew much about his roots and avoided exercise—describes how he undertook a wildly ambitious plan to spend four months playing over 40 golf courses in Ireland and getting to them by walking. Coyne's tiredness quickly translates into hiker's euphoria; however, he has a tougher time facing the Irish breakfast every B&B owner serves him (sausages, rashers, beans, soda bread—“an afternoon of wincing regret”). Having already written a couple of books on golf (e.g., Paper Tiger ), Coyne knows his way around a course, but more importantly, he also knows better than to bore readers with monotonous accounts of hole after hole. His style is more that of the travelogue, as he's bowled over by one astoundingly beautiful and windswept course after the next. By the time Coyne gets to Ulster, it's clear that golf is by far the least interesting thing for him, as the author packs his humorous narrative with historical tales and travel anecdotes about the small towns he passes through and the many pubs he stops in along the way. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 12/22/2008
Release date: 03/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
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