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Pretty entertaining, but some odd stretches
on March 22, 2009
The book chronicles Tom Coyne's walk around Ireland's perimeter to play every links-style course on the Island. When he's on the course his prose is generally fine ... and as someone who's played a good number of the courses he describes, it brought back fine memories for me.
The problem is, once he's off the course, he sometimes strays into "frat boy" storytelling which left me wondering, "Does Coyne really think his audience is 20-year-old men ... and if so, why is he trying so hard to impress them?" There's a several-page digression about two-thirds of the way through the book called "The Incident." I won't describe it except to say you won't miss a thing if you skip ahead to the next chapter. Coyne's editor had to be asleep at the wheel to let that passage through.
Such missteps aside, there is still a lot of good material here, not only about golf but about the people of Ireland.