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Brassies, Mashies, and Bootleg Scotch: Growing Up on America's First Heroic Golf Course Hardcover – October 1, 2011

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"Amid the crisply described and warmly nostalgic anecdotes, a theme emerges: golf courses were different, far richer places in Kilpatrick's father's day than they are today, in our technologically powered age of titanium drivers and automated watering systems."—Bill Ott, Booklist
(Bill Ott Booklist 20110901)

"Brassies, Mashies and Bootleg Scotch by Bill Kilpatrick is a charming account of growing up on golf courses in the 1930s."—Bob Koczur, Golf Today
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"In only 162 pages author Bill Kilpatrick gives us a well-written look at golf in the post-World I era. . . . I love this book. It's a page-turner."—Bob Spiwak, Cybergolf.com
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"Brassies, Mashies, and Bootleg Scotch oozes golf nostalgia. . . . An ideal gift for lovers of the ancient game, especially older dads and grandfathers."—Tom Lavoie, Shelf Awareness
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"This is truly a book that should be in any superintendent's library, as it tells the real story of where we have come from."—Melvin B. Lucas Jr., Golf Course Management
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“I enjoyed this immensely. Beautifully written, I was transported back in time and imagined I was on the links playing along with the author.”—Iain Mossman, PGA professional
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About the Author

Bill Kilpatrick has written articles for magazines such as Parade, Popular Mechanics, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Field & Stream, Esquire, Fly Fishing, and True. Before “retiring” he was a general features writer, columnist, and golf writer for the Fort Myers News-Press.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803236425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803236424
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A New Yorker, Kilpatrick has served as senior editor of Pageant, an associate editor of Parade, auto editor of Popular Mechanics, executive editor of True, vehicles editor of Field & Stream, and as writing coach, features writer, columnist, golf writer, and utility infielder for the Fort Myers (FL) News-Press. Other stints in a somewhat shapeless career include movie press agent, documentary film writer, and corporate public relations executive. Over the years he has written exstensively for a number of magazines that long since have gone to that Great Newsstand in the Sky.

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What a rare treat this book is. A look back at the National Golf Links of America among other courses like Maidstone. A personal story first and foremost, which honors his father, Kilpatrick also offers brilliant insight into what makes the game great. His perspective on how the game should return to its roots and be about having fun really resonated with me. His insider accounts of growing up around the National are priceless, especially his story about C.B. Macdonald coming back to see the course one more time before he died. Kilpatrick has done golf a service by recording the good old days when caddies were tipped a dime or a stick of gum and used to shag balls on the range. A great nostalgic look back written in a crisp style that is easy to read.
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This book is delightfully readable, very enjoyable for the non-golfer interested in a rarely explored slice of American recreational and social history.

The author is authoritative but never pedantic, amusing but clearly regards his subject and the characters that abound in this world with affection and respect.

It's hard to imagine a better executed example of such writing, Great gift for any golfer.
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