The Art of Golf
by Sir W. G. Simpson, Bart.
This book is not just an eloquent treatise on golf, it is a classic work in fine literature. Sir Walter Simpson's fine style and humor make plumbing the depths of philosophy an enjoyable journey. This one belongs in every golfer's library. Though more than a century old it retains an elegance that is not superfluous.
Of note is that Simpson was the son of a pioneer anesthesiologist. His father was the doctor who administered ether for the first time to British royalty for relief in childbearing.
The foreword by Herbert Warren Wind gives a brief history of nineteenth century golf. Particularly of interest to me is his description of how the game was changed by a Cleveland amateur.
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Rating: Hole in one
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