A Course Called Ireland

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A Course Called IrelandTom Coyne would have produced a perfectly acceptable book if he’d decided merely to play all the links golf courses in Ireland.

He’d proved in his previous writing that he wouldn’t bore his readers, which is no small achievement for someone whose subject is golf.

But Coyne decided that besides playing all the courses, he would walk between them. Doing so gave him the opportunity to discuss the dog with paws as big as pancakes that blocked his passage on one especially lonely road, the perverse humor of the people who place road signs in Ireland, and the deteriorating state of his own shoes.

A Course Called Ireland also features stories of enormous breakfasts declined or hidden, wonderful music in brilliant pubs, Guinness, history, and rain.

Oh, and there are stories of golf, too, and they are stories good enough so that lots of golfers who read this book will want to plan trips of their own to some of the courses Coyne celebrates.

This program aired on February 19, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

Bill Littlefield Twitter Host, Only A Game
Bill Littlefield was the host of Only A Game from 1993 until 2018.