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A Very Peculiar History
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Golf by David Arscott

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When golfers first hit the green it certainly wasn't well-lawned and well-tended. Players simply waltzed into the wilderness and took whatever sandtraps and water hazards nature could throw at them, thwacking those balls with good grace across the skyline. Today golf is a grand and peaceful sport with a dash of high society about it. But what happened in between? Golf, A Very Peculiar History takes a sideways look at one of this nation's greatest exports, tracing its history from the earliest ball-in-hole games right up to the scandals that rock its current celebrities and tournaments, with a fair few mulligans in between. From its origins as a strictly men-only, exclusive sport, golf has matured a great deal through the ages and has distanced itself from the elitist pursuit it once was, today allowing players from all creeds and sexes. This book takes a look at how these prejudices have (sometimes) been overcome. Just remember, it's not always the caddie's fault...

Author Biography

David Arscott, a former newspaper journalist and BBC producer/presenter, has written more than 50 books, including several in the Very Peculiar History series for Book House. He lives in Lewes with his wife Jill and their three teenagers - the youngest of his brood of seven.
Release date NZ
February 1st, 2011
  • General (US: Trade)
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations, black and white
Book House
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