Date: Thu 16 Dec 2010

Courses Called Crackers: One Golfer’s UK Quest, by R N A Smith

'A part-time golf writer gets the royal treatment from a host of fine UK golf clubs in exchange for his implied promise to sing their courses' glories in this memoir that meshes a Finegan-like travelogue with the poignancy of Plimpton's Bogey Man and the vinegar of Doak's Confidential Guide.

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Traveling solo, the author has his vigour roundly tested by a quest to play 36 courses. And, along the way – in a wholly honest account – the reader gets taken inside the golfer's mind when encountering the alluring yet treacherous terrain at one great links after another, along with engaging the natives who call these courses "Crackers."'

So reads the publicity literature for this book.

The title comes from the British use of the word ‘cracker’ to mean something or someone endowed with fine qualities or abilities. The courses include Aberdovey, Crail, Cruden Bay, Kingsbarns, Montrose, West Sussex and the New Course at St Andrews, all played by the author during a nine-week trip around the UK. The result is a very personalised review of these courses and how each one was played. The author has very kindly donated a copy of the book to the Library, but if you want your own, or as a last minute Christmas present, copies can be bought from Amazon for £14.00.

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