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Around the World in 80 Rounds

Chasing a Golf Ball to the Land of the Midnight Sun
Narrated by: David Wood
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
3 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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At 47, David Wood sold everything he owned and set out to fulfill every golfer's dream: For one year, he traveled the world (covering 60,000 miles and every continent except Antarctica) by plane, boat, train, motorcycle, and rickshaw, to play the game he loves in the most exotic locales, including the world's highest, driest, hottest, coldest, and most remote golf courses. And he lived to tell the tale.

Along the way, he met a bevy of fascinating characters, including surly cabbies, taxi drivers with a death wish, welcoming golf-course managers, threatening kangaroos, and golf pros out for a quick game. David faced dire situations, such as bouts of food poisoning in India and Egypt, altitude sickness in Argentina, getting booted out of the Ukraine by armed guards, and muddling about with limited language skills. But through it all, he maintained a sense of humor and, of course, his passion for golf, which he played every chance he got.

©2008 David Wood (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

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"He writes well about the terrain and local atmosphere, and provides a deft mix of golf and travel writing." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Travel and golf. What could be better?

This is a fun book. I don't understand the reviews complaining about how he speaks of the nation of India. He is simply giving his perspective on the places he visits. I thought it was amusing and at time hilarious.
I have spent quite a bit of time in South Africa and his descriptions of the razor wire and townships was dead-on. Also, I loved the way he described Table Mountain. It is beautiful.
This isn't my favorite book on golf, but it is definitely worth a credit.