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To the Linksland: A Golfing Adventure [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Michael Bamberger
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Juni 1992
“One of the best golf-travel books ever written... The book reminds us that the game of golf has many treasures yet to be discovered.” —Michael Murphy, author of Golf in the Kingdom

Published to universal acclaim a decade ago, To the Linksland is the story of Michael Bamberger’s search for golfing nirvana in Europe, from the rough-and-tumble courses of the Continent to the hallowed fairways of Scotland. In 1991 Bamberger, a lifelong golfer whose game had stagnated, quit his sportswriting job and went to Europe with his wife in search of the true soul of golf. He first caddies for transplanted New Englander Peter Teravainen, whose odd behavior and erratic play gives Bamberger insight into the infinitesimal differences between a good player and a successful professional. After caddying in the Scottish Open, Bamberger remains behind to study the game in its homeland. While being mentored by an aged Scottish golf guru and playing on some of the world’s oldest and most storied courses, Bamberger at last comes to understand the game at a deeper, intuitive level and begins to play the best golf of his life.

Featuring a new afterword in which the author returns to the courses he played, To the Linksland is a lively travel narrative that is also an homage to the history and legacies of the game, a triumphant journey to the very heart and soul of golf.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 208 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd (Juni 1992)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 067084182X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670841820
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24,1 x 15,9 x 2,5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 667.085 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Many have written lyrically about the wonders of golf in Scotland and its inherent magic, which is the focus of the second half of Michael Bamberger's lovely ode to the game. But it's the book's first half that makes it as essential as a putter for anyone willing to go deeper into golf's heart. Here, Bamberger explores the eternal mystery of golf: "More than any other athlete, the professional golfer looks normal; his physical ordinariness is a ubiquitous reminder of our limitations. So what makes him so special?" He searches for his answers the hard way: he lugs a golf bag around for a season as a caddie on the European tour. Even if the golfing grail he sought remains elusive, his narrative drives straight into the game's psyche through a colorful, witty, and poignant portrait of his months on the fairways with Peter Teravainen, the practicing Buddhist, Yale-graduate journeyman grinder whose bag he toted. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


To the Linksland could be accurately described as a love letter to Scottish golf. (USA Today) He has written about golf for an audience of golfers, and has done that superbly well. (The Atlantic Monthly) A piece of sparkling prose that, if words were golf shots, would be a 62 and five strokes ahead of the field. (The Washington Post) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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This is on one of the best, most-enjoyable reads in the ever-expanding (and oversatuated) literature of golf. Bamberger, of course, is now an esteemed writer for Sports Illustrated, and his "beat" now takes him well beyond the 19th Hole. Anyone familiar with Bamberger's writing knows, however, that no matter his subject matter, from Mike Piazza to the "unorthodox" high school basketball player featured in SI two weeks ago, Bamberger's real subject is the athlete him/herself - his/her family, "roots", inner make-up, obstacles, goals, etc. "To the Linksland" remains essential reading for anyone who wants to see how a now big-time writer thinks and has always thought about sport. And it deals with the game that Bamberger not only loved first, but also best.
Bamberger's golf pedigree is unblemished. His mother has never, to my knowledge, ever even picked up a stick (unless it was a putter Bamberger kept in his bed while still in high school). His father swings a mighty driver but alas, if he makes contact at all, it is with G-d's great earth not the ball. But the writer's brother is the sorriest duffer of all. For, you see, unlike Bamberger Sr., Bamberger Brother has tried. And tries. To hit the golf ball. Forget the IQ cut-off, the Bamberger Brother scores closer to his LSAT. How do I know all this? So I'm not so objective. I am the Bamberger Brother. But order the book anyway - you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a great addition to any golf library 3. September 1999
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I read this book 5-6 years ago; it quickly became one of my favorite golf books in my growing collection.
I enjoyed the dichotomy of the two distictive sections. The part on Teravainen was very satisfying. Bamberger's profile of this golfing iconoclast (man, you don't see those two words together often enough)who wanted no part of the endorsement side of golf -- until he caved and got a small Ping deal)was truly rich in insight and detail. The passages about Teravainen's weird swing was memorable; Bamberger's recalling about his first exposure to Watson that fateful day during a practice round was easily worth the price of admission. Man, I have got to get some of those groovy gray monochromatic gray stretch pants like Teravainen wore. The other very funny part is the nightmarish European caddy bus trip -- taken over very questionable roads -- that Bamberger witnessed while in Europe.
Get this book; you will not be let down.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Half of GOod LiFe is golf 25. September 1999
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This is a sheer joy to read. It makes you want to hit the road, to hit the ball, and very far. This book convinces you that golf is the game born between the land and the sea. The linksland. It links us back to the elements. Do you remember a memorable passages on mental golf in Knowlson's superbe biography of Samuel Beckett? Bamberger's book is the best companion for mental golfing on a sleepless night, too. I enjoyed every line of it. It also contains a miracle. The books anti-hero, Peter Teravainen, won the Japan Open! I translated this book into Japanese. It was the high moment of my life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Required Reading for Golf Enthusiasts 2. Juni 2000
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To the Linksland has something for everyone: a look inside a pro tour, an intimate view of Scottish golf, and, most of all, an accurate depiction of the never-ending quest for improvement and the associated cycles of hope and despair that all golfers experience. Bamberger manages to evoke these weighty themes without crossing over the line into contrived mysticism or gross sentimentality. I re-read it every spring, when it's still too cold to play but I need a golf fix. My favorite golf book, it captures the true spirit of the game!
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