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 12 and a golfer sporting a 1.8 handicap, Ollie decided to spend his gap year in St. Andrews, Scotland - a town with the UK's highest number of pubs per capita, and home to the Old Course, golf's most famous 18 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.
©2013 Oliver Horovitz (P)2013 Tantor
"Horovitz shares his deeply felt memories of golf, girls, and the academy boldly, never taking himself too seriously or being irreverent about the caddie tradition on the time-honored Old Course links." (Publishers Weekly)
My husband and I did a golf trip through Scotland- we downloaded this book and listened our entire week as we drove and played 6 courses in 8 days. We loved Ollie's stories and we met him and he caddied for us on "The Old" - great book, if you love golf and even if you don't this is a wonderful coming of age book!
There is nothing to dislike about this story. If you love golf and enjoy getting up early to watch the Open Championship on TV, you will love this listen. Five stars!!
Absolutely. Authentic. Genuine. Sweet.
Meeting with the Caddy Master, Rick, to ask his permission to make the documentary.
His own narration is priceless--with the accents! I'd never get that in the written version!
Beautifully written. Thank you, Ollie!
What an incredible story. Loved that the author narrated the book. You could really hear the different emotions come through as he read his own story. American kids should take notes. I wish we encouraged our kids here to travel and live life before hopping in the hamster wheel. Buy the book now!! 😀
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