The hilarious and surprise bestselling golf novel of 1996, "Missing Links" is the story of four middle class buddies who are a regular foursome at the single worst golf course in America. Adjacent to these municipal links lies the Mayflower Country Club, the most exclusive private course in all of Boston. Soon there's a bet of $1,000 a piece--the ...
The hilarious and surprise bestselling golf novel of 1996, "Missing Links" is the story of four middle class buddies who are a regular foursome at the single worst golf course in America. Adjacent to these municipal links lies the Mayflower Country Club, the most exclusive private course in all of Boston. Soon there's a bet of $1,000 a piece--the first man to finagle his way onto the Mayflower takes all.
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This book and the other two by Rick Reilly are laugh-out-loud-funny! If you are a golfer, and even if you aren't, you'll get a huge kick out of the crazy characters portrayed in these stories. See also "Shanks for Nothing" and "Who's Your Caddy?" by Rick Reilly.
Apr 7, 2007
I found this book to be everything you would expect from Rick Reilly. You can only imagine the antics by the "players" that ensue to reach their "goal". Rick fleshes out each character and gives depth and actually has you caring about them. Plus there are a few surprises along the way. Many times I had to stop reading because I was laughing so hard. An excellent read, that you will find very hard to put down once you have started it. But, a note of caution: make sure you read this one first. He has a sequel out titled "Shanks for Nothing". Take the above, and double it. That's all I can say. You will not be disappointed. Mr. Reilly has hit a "hole in-one" with both books. ENJOY!
Publishers Weekly, 1996-05-13 Some time ago, Reilly, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, contributed a humorous article about the Ponkapoag Golf Club, aka Ponky, a blue-collar golf course in Canton, Mass. The author's first novel returns to Ponkyæchanged here to the Ponkaquogue Municipal Course and Deli in Boston's working-class neighborhood of Dorchesteræfor a rollicking tale about a grungy group of "Ponkys" who aspire to play at the Mayflower, a nearby elite, invitation-only course. Narrator and Ponky leader Raymond Lee Hart initiates a group bet to see which member of his regular foursome can become the first Ponky to play at the snooty club. The Ponkys' schemes include a night raid on the Mayflower, a forgery scam and a pair of romances that offer potential access to a Mayflower foursome. Reilly resolves the bet halfway through the novel but saves his funniest moments for a final play in which Hart and another Ponky square off against Hart's stuffy, domineering father and a second Mayflower member. The humor occasionally flags, particularly when the author takes the father/son conflict a bit too seriously, and a working knowledge of golf is required to appreciate much of the funny stuff. But from scratch players to duffers, all who spend their leisure time chasing the little white ball will relish this wry tribute to the game. (June)
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