Getting Ready for My New Favorite Golf Adventure

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I have often thought that you can tell more about a person by what they read, watch, listen to and do for fun than what they say about themselves.  It’s why I ask people I meet for the first time what their favorite books/movies/past times/music are.   If  you were to ask me that question, here’s what I’d say…

  • Favorite song: Stairway to Heaven
  • Favorite movie: Shawshank Dedemption
  • Favorite book: The Day After Tomorrow by Allan Folsom
  • Favorite sport: Do you really have to ask? ;)

Given my passion for golf, I also have a favorite golf movie (No, it’s not Caddyshack ;)) and a few golf books.

When it comes to improving my game, I think co-creators of Vision 54 (Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson,) publish the best advice I’ve read so far.

And when it comes to golf entertainment, the #1 spot on my top 10 list  has to go to Tom Coyne’s New York Times Best Seller,  A Course Called Ireland.

a course called irelandI read and wrote about Tom’s delightful golf adventure in 2009 and have recommended his book to everyone I know who loves golf.  It’s dogeared and pretty rough around the edges now because I’ve lent it to so many people who have planned golf trips to the Emerald Isle.

It’s a story about a “walking-adverse” golfer (Tom, who many thought crazy) who embarks on a quest to walk and play the longest golf course in the world – that course being the entire perimeter of Ireland, ending in Ballybunion.

Over his 1,000 mile hike with just his backpack and clubs, Tom encounters people, places, not-so-playful pups and pubs that bring life, laughter and many lessons to his life, and vicariously to the reader through his magical storytelling talents.

Just this week I discovered that Tom’s golfing adventures aren’t over yet.  He’s heading out in April to play “82 UK links courses in 57 days to search the highlands for the secret to golf.  The grand finale will be his qualifying round for the British Open at St. Andrews. The legacy of his trek will be another golf adventure novel - A Course Called The Kingdom.

But you don’t have to wait for the book to hits the shelves to know what happens; you can follow him and his mission through his blog, which is exactly what I’ll be doing.

I also hope to keep in touch with Tom along his journey so I can share with you some insights into his spirit-quest.

In the meantime, if you haven’t read A Course Called Ireland, I highly recommend you take it off  your book bucket list and dig into it this weekend.  I promise you – you will not be disappointed.




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