Sports Illustrated writer Garrity offers a twist or two on the familiar golf-travel memoir. Combining some casual genealogy with an extended stay at one of the UK’s great but relatively little-known golf links (Carne, in Ireland’s remote County Mayo, home of his father’s family), he sets out to explore the Garrity “golf obsession,” which began with his garrulous father, who learned the game on a ragtag course in Wisconsin, and extended to his older brother, Tom, who played briefly on the PGA tour in the 1960s. What results is part memoir—the recollections of both his father and brother, recently dead of cancer, are poignant and revealing—part golfer’s travelogue, and part search for roots. Golf is the cartilage that holds this enterprise together, whether it’s Garrity living out his brother’s dream of playing Carne’s seventeenth hole six times consecutively with three balls, 18 holes in all, or following the footsteps of his mother’s ancestors to Musselburgh, Scotland, where golf was played in the 1700s. Garrity’s humility and ingratiating style softens the inevitable envy problem (Why him and not me?) that often makes reading golf travelogues a mixed blessing. --Bill Ott
Poignant and revealing.
Garrity offers some wry insights into the sport of golf.
Lively, humorous, and informative
a deeply personal and soulful journey by
an exceptionally talented writer.
"Garrity's odyssey is green, Irish, wry, wistful and inspiring. His book is a jig in a bunker surrounded by a field of dreams. It's magical."
Michael Bamberger, author of To the Linksland
Part family memoir, part travelogue, Garrity offers some wry insights into the sport of golf and the often profound reasons why hitting a small ball into a hole means so much to so many people and why they would travel to the ends of the earth (or at least to Scotland and Ireland) just to have the honor and pleasure of doing so.
senior writer John Garrity retraced his roots the old-fashioned way: by poring over documents, hunting down distant relatives and playing some of the British Isles finest courses. Who said you cant mix family business with pleasure?
[Garrity] is a formidable talent
After all, this is a man who, in an erstwhile SI
series called Mats Only, found entertaining things to write about his compulsion for beating balls at practice ranges. In Ancestral Links, his themesparticularly a messy family lineage and mortalityare far weightier. Garrity is more than capable of carrying that load.
is] part memoirthe recollections of both his father and brother, both recently dead of cancer, are poignant and revealingpart golfers travelogue, and part search for roots
Garritys humility and ingratiating style softens the inevitable envy problem (Why him and not me?) that often makes reading golf travelogues a mixed blessing.
I was enthralled by this fine book
Garrity has written a heartfelt elegy to his parents and brother framing his emotions and reflections amid the rugged and inspiring links of Carne. A sense of loss shadows the book but also self-discovery, hope and redemptive love
Theres much to relish in this book and you dont have to have played Carne or Irish links or even been to Ireland to appreciate it
Garrity has taken it all in and the reader goes along for a wonderful, insightful ride.
Terry Moore, Michigan Golfer
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