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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312375778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312375775
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,238,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Former standup comedian and humor columnist Wood sold his condo in Seattle and set out on a yearlong global golfing journey. He tells a highly entertaining tale of his trip through 22 countries far off the beaten path from the typical golf vacation. He played the first of his 80 rounds on the world's southernmost course at the tip of Argentina and finished in the northernmost climes of the upper reaches of Norway. In between he played a vast range of layouts: a grassless brown track in the Atacama Desert of Chile; spectacular courses in New Zealand and Australia; a course adjacent to the pyramids and sphinx in Egypt; and the only golf course in all of Russia. He suffered various setbacks, such as golf clubs temporarily lost on a South American bus line. He writes well about the terrain and local atmosphere, and provides a deft mix of golf and travel writing. His take on the people of the world is a 48-year-old bachelor's perspective, as he judges Argentina, Chile and Hungary to have the best-looking women and writes longingly of a beautiful foot masseuse in China. Wood's humor is sometimes forced, but like a few shanked shots in an otherwise well-played round of golf, it doesn't spoil the whole. (Mar.)
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Review

"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

David Wood - author of Around the World in 80 Rounds, Keynote Speaker, Adventurer

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.

Customer Reviews

For someone who loves travel, as well as golf, the book should be a great read.
DJ
He's not trying to be objective, he's trying to share his experience in a humorous way--which he does wonderfully well!
Bill Stainton
Wood does a great job of taking you on a golfing tour of the world from south to north.
L. Waters

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Discus on July 28, 2008
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Everyone has a dream but how many have the courage to make it happen? If you play golf, you'll enjoy reading about the different courses, golf and travel challenges and get David's glimpse into local cultures. If you don't play golf, it's still funny and inspiring. In our post 9/11 world, imagine someone taking a year out of his daily routine and "to do" list to live a dream of traveling around the world alone, living each day fully, and connecting with strangers through a common passion - some strangers becoming new life friends. Give this to family and friends to enjoy funny stories about playing golf world-wide and perhaps to be inspired to have courage to leave one's comfort zone and go on their own life adventure.
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I haven't played golf since I was 19 years old, threw my club in a water hazard and stalked off the course. But David's book intrigued me and I ate it up over the course of two lazy afternoons in my backyard, laying in a hammock with a cold brew. (Two Person Jumbo Hammock ~ 100% Polyester with Oak Spreaders I say go ahead and spring for the hammock along with the book - you'll be glad you did!)

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...
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I just finished the audio version of the book and, despite the fact that David's reading was a little bit Shatneresque, I'm going with 5 stars. For someone who loves travel, as well as golf, the book should be a great read. As a sometime solo traveler, I have great respect for people who are willing to inject themselves into some scary places and do scary things, and David did that all over the world. I think the 1 star rating is wrong about David's tone, which I found respectful but honest. When he reads the last line of the chapter on Zimbabwe, I think his voice actually cracks a little as he shares his pleasure at having spent the round with the young Zimbabwean caddy who impacted him so much. I don't want a writer to sugarcoat his experiences, and David isn't the first person I've heard come away from India completely exasperated. His love and respect for the game come through very well, and his descriptions of the various courses were clear and evocative.
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By Alexa Burns on December 8, 2008
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I must say that I myself am not a golfer and frankly find the game to be frustrating and time consuming. My husband on the other hand is a golfer through and through. He loves it and can't get enough of it. Anyway, I must admit that I loved this book. It was hilarious! It gave me an appreciation for the game of golf, but also the desire to travel. David Wood is a witty, talented and funny writer. I kept wanting more. I couldn't wait to pick up the book to read more. I felt like I was traveling with him. I truly believe that anyone can enjoy this book, even if golf is not your thing! I give it five starts and highly recommend it to everyone.
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What a wonderful book to mentally escape to the thought of playing golf all over the world in foreign and dangerous lands.
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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.
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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 and location of golf courses make this a very enjoyable read.
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By Ivan Henson on May 23, 2013
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did not read but person was happy so i recomend it for the golf fans thumbed through it pretty good over all
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