What’s more relaxing than a round of golf? Perhaps a round of golf in Bhutan’s Royal Thimphu Golf Club at the foot of the Himalayas. Or maybe just curling up with Sports Illustrated reporter Rick Lipsey’s Golfing on the Roof of the World, which chronicles his three months learning about this historic South Asian kingdom through its most luxurious golf course. Lipsey’s book is both funny and poignant, but it’s not just a breezy travelogue. Narrator Tom Stechschulte brings to life Lipsey’s wry command of the contradictions of both golf and globalization. Lipsey’s book is ultimately a thoughtful reflection befitting the beautiful and vexing country and the beautiful and vexing sport on whose ground it is set.
A list of the 100 greatest holes are at the heart of this exploration and have been arranged according to design and geographical category, such as links, island and peninsula greens, blinds, drop downs, and more. Colorful stories behind well-known names like Alcatraz, Cleopatra, and Postage Stamp, as well as explanations about how notable course designers Macdonald, Colt, Tillinghast, Nicklaus, and Jones among them have created par threes. A concluding section offers new perspectives on the one-shot hole, the top par-three layouts, and historic shots on par-three holes. This beautifully packaged tour of golf’s greatest short holes guarantees to inform, entertain, and provoke vigorous debate about what makes a par three superior and memorable.
©2007 Rick Lipsey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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