"Tell me about plumbing, fine. Tell me about carpentry, terrace gardening, the timer on VCRs. Go ahead and explain cellophane. Tell me about all of these things, but don't try to tell me about golf, okay? Golf I know."--Dan Jenkins
After four decades of covering golf-not to mention "playing scratch from the blues and gambling for my own money when I didn't have any", Dan Jenkins most definitely knows golf. He may, in fact, know the game better than anyone on the planet. Now, his latest and long awaited collection brings together his best writing on the game, from serious pieces on timeless classics like the 1954 Masters and the 1960 Open to humorous takes on everything from the best things in golf-the best bar is Club XIX in the Pebble Beach Lodge-to his unrequited love of golf carts. With a cast that includes everyone from Hogan, Palmer, and Nicklaus to all of the lurkers and spoilers on the PGA Tour, the book is a timeless addition to great golf literature.
Jenkins ( Semi-Tough ) has been a golf writer for four decades, and his addiction to the sport is palpable in this collection of articles from Golf Digest and Sports Illustrated , with a few additions. His mania is best expressed in his final piece, about playing all the major courses in Scotland, including Old St. Andrews, which Jenkins writes about reverently. Other selections are in a lighter vein, about being a pariah during a tournament at the host club where he is a member, about spoiled players who make too much money and golf hustlers and semicompetent cable TV reporters and about the impossible job of the golf pro. Jenkins has a list of bests and warm comments about the greats he has known. His occasional attacks of whimsy and fantasy work less well. But Jenkins is always knowledgeable and entertaining.