Frost, bestselling author of "The Greatest Game Ever Played," returns with the story of the match that turned the pastime of golf into a professional sport--when Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi played against Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson in the greatest private match ever played.Frost, bestselling author of "The Greatest Game Ever Played," returns with the story of the match that turned the pastime of golf into a professional sport--when Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi played against Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson in the greatest private match ever played.Read Less
I caddied for 20 years and played golf for 30. The author was very descriptive of the golf game and especially of the golf courses. Unless you play golf aand/or are familiar with the game, you'll soon be dozing off when reading this book.. But for those of us who love the game, the book is most enjoyable and facinating to learn so much about the personal lives of famous players like Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Ken Venturi, Sam Snead, and Harvie Ward. Hogan and Nelson were caddies like myself, and I never knew it. The author wrote other stories about famous golf players from which movies were made. I would love to see one made of this book. The author is a gifted writer and is most enjoyable to read
Feb 26, 2009
Best book I've ever read about a golf match. Well researched. Made it seem as if one right there watching. Also gave historical backgrounds of each golfer and their interactions with each other. I bought it because Byron Nelson was my favorite golfer from his era and I had heard about this match before and wanted to read a more detailed account. Would recommend reader go to the golf course's web site. It has the last 4 holes so one can visualize what the golfers were up against and where their shots landed.
Jan 22, 2009
Golf Lovers Only
As one who loves the game of golf, this was an entertaining read. Frost's writing style is a bit tedious, but if you can tolerate that, the story and interspersed background material on the principals are well worth it.
If you don't love golf rather deeply, there's no need to open this book.
Jul 10, 2008
For all students of GOLF
This is a great read! For all students of "The Game" of golf.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-09-10 In 1956, millionaires Eddie Lowery and George Coleman made an off-the-cuff bet on a golf match and inadvertently set up one of the sport's most climactic duels; "this one casual game has become the sport's great suburban legend." Frost (The Greatest Game Ever Played) diligently covers the two pros slightly past their prime, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, who squared off against two top amateurs, Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi. It happened "in the last hours of Hogan's playing career, and ten years after Byron had left the stage," but at the near pinnacle of the amateurs', whose personalities couldn't have been more diametrically opposed (Venturi the classic up-and-comer, and Ward the inveterate playboy who performed hungover on two hours' sleep). The match itself, scrupulously teased out by Frost for maximum drama, is less interesting than the people involved and the historical backdrop. The match happened near the sport's great cusp, as it transitioned from something for amateurs to a professional career, from a pastime for wastrel aristocrats and entertainers (and Bing Crosby, with his annual booze-soaked Clambake charity matches) to a mainstream suburban obsession. Frost has a penchant toward the florid, but as he writes, "Because he was Ben Hogan, and it was just past twilight, and his like would never pass this way again," he captures an elusive magic in this improbable matchup and what it meant for those who played and witnessed it. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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