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Around the World in 80 Rounds: Chasing a Golf Ball from Tierra del Fuego to the Land of the Midnight Sun Hardcover – March 18, 2008
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"David is a very entertaining writer - with a wit and a way of bringing people and stories to life that had me laughing out loud. I look forward to visiting some of the courses he played - hopefully without having to sell everything like he had to do!" – Bobby Clampett, television golf analyst, golf professional, and author of The Impact Zone
"David Wood's story joyously captures the maddening yet addictive allure of golf as he takes us on a journey every golfer would envy."
-Rick Lipsey, golf writer at Sports Illustrated and author of Golfing on the Roof of the World
"David Wood will be a hero to many. He cast off all responsibility except that linked to the pursuit of golf and self actualization. From distant lands he brings rich stories of interesting and amusing endeavors and a picture of a diverse world connected via that ridiculous, compelling and wonderful game of golf. Give this to your friends, they'll love it."
--Charles Lindsay, author of Lost Balls: Great Holes, Tough Shots and Bad Lies
“David Wood’s entertaining and exciting 60,000-mile odyssey reveals the game of golf not as a chin-on-chest battle with the scorecard, but as the perfect medium through which to explore and enjoy the world around you. This is a book that proves golf has far more to offer than most of us take from it – and inspires us to broaden our relationship with the game.”
--Duncan Lennard, author of Extreme Golf and 112 Miles to the Pin
“David Wood has written an inspiring, attention-holding and humorous golfing travelogue. Unencumbered by the ‘trappings’ of life, David set off on his voyage of discovery to far-flung destinations, armed with a vague itinerary, personal documents, a set of ten golf clubs and minimal clothing. Paramount was his ‘eleventh club’—a razor-sharp sense of humor that enabled him to cope with the ebb and flow of world travel. Around the World in 80 Rounds is more than merely a regurgitation of golf, golf, and more golf. Sure, this all-important aspect holds sway, but ample text is accorded to village and city life, and landmarks of note encountered. Indeed, Wood’s excellent narrative provides insight as to how citizens around the globe conduct their lives—both on, and off, the golf course.”
–Paul Daley, publisher and author of Golf Architecture, Links Golf, and Favorite Holes by Design
“Forget Jack and Tiger, David is now my favorite golfer! Keep this away from the responsible crowd, they will certainly get grandiose ideas of great golf trips that might not go over so well with spouses, bosses and financial advisors.”
--Mike Brabham, modestly average golfer
More About the Author
While circumnavigating the globe en route from the southernmost to northernmost golf courses on Earth - Ushuaia, Argentina to Tromso, Norway - author David Wood relied on a wide array of conveyance. Trains, planes, cars, vans, buses, ferries, jeeps, two camels with extreme halitosis and one ornery elephant hauled Wood and his golf clubs to courses in 26 counties and over 60,000 miles.
The result was his book, Around the World in 80 Rounds, called "laugh out loud funny" by golf analyst Bobby Clampett.
Wood played on the world's most extreme golf courses: the highest in La Paz, Bolivia; the driest at the edge of the Atacama Desert in Arica, Chile; and the hottest in Alice Springs, Australia. His favorite golfing locals were China's Spring City, Royal Nepal and Elephant Hills in Zimbabwe.
Wood says he learned the true value of patience over his year of traveling as he frequently found himself hopelessly lost and stranded. He also suffered ghastly food poisoning in India and Egypt, severe altitude sickness when crossing the Andes and was arrested in Ukraine for not having a proper visa. Civil wars in Bolivia and Nepal provided additional hazards.
"It wasn't exactly a golf weekend in Myrtle Beach," says Wood.
Wood is a former comedian with several appearances on Late Night with David Letterman.
Around the World in 80 Rounds is available in hardback, paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com.
Top Customer Reviews
While author David Wood's humor, honesty and humility, make "Around the World in 80 Rounds" a must-read, it's his innate ability to not only tell readers about his trip, but to allow them to tag along that transform it from "book" to "experience."
Wood avoids pontificating about far away lands most of us will likely never visit, and instead offers the reader the seat next to him, whether it be on a plane, train or rickshaw. He provides information, anecdotes and introductions to some of the world's most unusual golf venues and allows the reader to make up his or her own mind.
It's not just the countries and their golf courses David is able to bring to life. From start to finish, David fosters introductions to a cast of characters -- some likeable, some not -- and gives the reader a unique look into those characters' cultures, conflicts and complexities.
There are few people brave enough to put their life on hold and, on a whim, take a trip around the world to tee-it-up. Fortunately for readers, David is one of them. While "Around the World in 80 Rounds" is choc-full of stories about golf, David doesn't write about how far he hits a 3-wood or all the intricacies of his short game. He realizes his journey was about more than that, and after reading "Around the World in 80 Rounds," you will, too.
My minimal amount of time on the links gave me enough knowledge to follow his references to the game, but it was his briskly humorous spinning the tale of his around-the-world adventure that grabbed me up when he left Seattle and didn't set me back down until he landed safely home again. What a fabulous experience -- and brightly told!
While it didn't do anything to spark my desire to tie on a pair of spikes again, Around The World In 80 Rounds did whet my appetite to be a bit more bold and try to see some of the more obscure corners of the world. Maybe David needs a caddy for his back 80...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a wonderful book to mentally escape to the thought of playing golf all over the world in foreign and dangerous lands.Published 23 months ago by James Edward Meyer
If you like golf, this author acted out our fantasy by spending a year playing all over the world. It is a combination of world travel storys and golfing storys.Published on November 13, 2013 by Mitchell J. Bukzin
Wood does a great job of taking you on a golfing tour of the world from south to north. fellowship of the golf community, the kindness of people around the world, and the variety... Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by L. Waters
did not read but person was happy so i recomend it for the golf fans thumbed through it pretty good over allPublished on May 23, 2013 by Ivan Henson
Can't tell you how much I enjoyed it. David did something that maybe less than 1% of the entire planet's population would even dream of doing and we are lucky he shared the... Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by Kevin Markley
I enjoyed this book because it is a intresting stoy about someone getting off the couch and persueing their passion,golf and people.. Read morePublished on August 15, 2008 by Melissa Von Brandenfels