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Nowadays it is popular to talk about genes and heredity. So try this on for size. Charles Darwin was the genius that advanced the idea of “the origin of the species” fromold bunker at prestwick which much of our study of evolution has evolved. Then along came Bernard Darwin, the grandchild of Charles Darwin, and as good as the old man was in his field Bernard was Grandfather’s equal in his own field—writing. Especially when it came to golf.You will get a sensitive, even enchanting description of the great holes, the not so great, and the downright poor. But never maliciously described, rather cleverly balancing one with the other. He actually made you feel like you are experiencing the course as if it was revealed to you for the first time

Book Review: The Old Man by Bob Labbance

What do you get when you turn loose a golf historian, an editor/publisher, and a first class writer? You get, The Old Man, the biography of Walter J. Travis, a cigar-smoking golfer who blazed a trail through the game in both the United States and Great Britain. Not a household name, that’s for sure, but this eccentric, colorful man was big news at the beginning of the century and, like a man of today, consistently did things his way.Hostility abounded when he arrived for the tournament. He was assigned no locker. He was assigned a cross-eyed caddy, “a natural-born idiot” according to Travis Labbance tells us how this transplanted Australian (born in 1862) became Americanized and, after expressing “mild contempt” for golf, took it up in 1896.


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