A Course Called Ireland: A Long Walk In Search Of A Country, A Pint, And The Next Tee
  • A Course Called Ireland: A Long Walk In Search Of A Country, A Pint, And The Next Tee
  • A Course Called Ireland: A Long Walk In Search Of A Country, A Pint, And The Next Tee
  • A Course Called Ireland: A Long Walk In Search Of A Country, A Pint, And The Next Tee
ISBN: 1592404243
EAN13: 9781592404247
Language: English
Pages: 311
Dimensions: 1.3" H x 9.1" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.15 lbs.
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The hysterical story bestseller about one man's epic Celtic sojourn in search of ancestors, nostalgia, and the world's greatest round of golf

By turns hilarious and poetic, A Course Called Ireland is a magnificent tour of a vibrant land and paean to the world's greatest game in the tradition of Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. In his thirties, married, and staring down impending fatherhood, Tom Coyne was familiar with the last refuge of the adult male: the golfing trip. Intent on designing a golf trip to end all others, Coyne looked to Ireland, the place where his father has taught him to love the game years before. As he studied a map of the island and plotted his itinerary, it dawn on Coyne that Ireland was ringed with golf holes. The country began to look like one giant round of golf, so Coyne packed up his clubs and set off to play all of it-on foot.

A Course Called Ireland is the story of a walking-averse golfer who treks his way around an entire country, spending sixteen weeks playing every seaside hole in Ireland. Along the way, he searches out his family's roots, discovers that a once-poor country has been transformed by an economic boom, and finds that the only thing tougher to escape than Irish sand traps are Irish pubs.

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5
   This is a 10 out of 5. FANTASTIC!!
This is as good a book about golf as you could possibly get. What a great story. I wish I could give it more stars.
 
4
   Very Good
Very good book, very well written. Great job, said Paul Dhaliwal, director of music for the Postal Service. It was very interesting to read and very descrptive in explaining the story, Morgenthau said.
 
5
   A Course called Ireland
I just returned from Ireland, and was able to retrace many of the places I had visited. It made to laugh in parts and cry in parts.
 
5
   Book.... A Course Called Ireland by Tom Coyne
If a golfer, you would really enjoy this read, especially if you have been planning to visit Ireland. Tom Coyne has a way of writing that keeps you interested. In reading the book one learns Irelands history, culture, geography, courses, and pubs while chuckling through Mr Coynes descriptions. The book also helps with planning your golfing visit because there is a section that tells you what to bring and what not to bring.
 
4
   Entertaining, humorous, and insightful. Reminded me nostalgically ...
An entertaining, witty, and insightful read. Reminded me of places I've been and increased my desire to visit places I haven't. Both are public golf courses.
 
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   A course called Ireland
I made five trips to play golf in the west of Ireland between 2001 and 2010, and had a grand experience. What Tom Coyne has written is all true. From the golf course to the people, the B&B, the Pub life is spot on. I loved the opportunity to relive all of my trips to Ireland and the time I spent playing and spending time with the Irish people, he said.
 
5
   If you want to laugh out loud, this is the book for you.
I have really enjoyed the humor and insight, but you have to enjoy golf! The journey is worth the read.
 
4
   I enjoyed this.
This was a very different and interesting book, Simon said. It's not a fanatical book about gold, it's not an in-depth exploration of Irish culture, and it's not even a physical fitness book. It includes all of these things in a book that is enjoyable for everyone, Gaiman said. At times, it feels a little long, but at other times it's a long walk, so that is how it SHOULD feel. The observations about Irish history, politics and culture are interesting without being heavy-handed. I enjoyed reading it and, although it got near the finish line, I was still a bit disappointed that it was over. It's great to be back home, Mr Hughes said.
 
5
   Wonderful story
Another great writer, Tom Coyne. Loved A Course Called Scotland and wish I'd read it first. Will read his book about the PGA tour next and have a DVD of A Gentleman's Game on DVD. Forward to the next one, Tunick said.
 
5
   An Ode to Keen shoes, self-discovery, golf and fear of slobbering dogs.
Tom Coyne chronicles his walk of 1,967 metres through Ireland's golf courses. Not only the courses but the roads to and from them. It's just that the term "manic insanity" seems like the idea of a madman. The journey takes him to places he has never been, both physically and emotionally. Tom's writing brings to life all the characters, companions, and courses along the way. Even his ever-present Keen shoes become a central character in the drama. Slobbering dogs? Not just well-written, but well-crafted. I raced to the end and then wanted to start all over again. We're off on the next journey, and the next tee.
 
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