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From Fields to Fairways: Classic Golf Clubs of Minnesota Hardcover – March 19, 2012

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"A great addition to the written history of golf in Minnesota and one that every true golfer will want in the library." —Reed K. Mackenzie, former president of the United States Golf Association


"Rick Shefchik brings to life the visionaries, architects, and personalities that built our classic courses and forever shaped the game we love. Minnesota is known nationally for the quality of our golf courses and this is a must for anyone who loves the history and traditions of Minnesota golf." —Tom Ryan, Executive Director & COO, Minnesota Golf Association

About the Author

Rick Shefchik spent twenty-six years as a reporter and columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and is the author of four novels: Amen Corner, Green Monster, Frozen Tundra, and Rather See You Dead. He has played golf in Minnesota since the 1960s.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (March 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816677328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816677320
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Shefchik was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1974 and worked at the Duluth News-Tribune for three years. He then spent 26 years at the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a media critic, features writer, columnist and sportswriter.

He left the Pioneer Press in December 2006 to become a novelist and freelance journalist.

He is the author of four novels and two works of non-fiction. His most recent book is "Everybody's Heard About the Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock 'n' Roll in Minnesota," which became Amazon's most popular new work of musical history upon its publication in November 2015. The book, which features interviews with dozens of musicians, promoters, deejays and managers, and 150 vintage photographs, went into a second printing less than two months after its debut.

His first non-fiction book, "From Fields to Fairways: Classic Golf Clubs of Minnesota" was published in March 2012. With stories and photos dating back to 1893, it has been called the state's definitive golf history book.

He has published four novels. "Amen Corner," about a serial killer on the loose at The Masters, was published in 2007 by Poisoned Pen Press, and is the first in a series of sports-related thrillers featuring ex-Minneapolis police detective Sam Skarda. The second, "Green Monster," was published by Poisoned Pen in 2008 and features an extortion plot involving the Boston Red Sox. His third Sam Skarda novel, "Frozen Tundra," concerns a potential ownership takeover of the Green Bay Packers, and was published in 2010 by North Star Press.

His fourth novel, "Rather See You Dead," is a stand-alone rock 'n' roll thriller based on a possible meeting between Elvis Presley and John Lennon in 1960, and was published as an e-book in September 2011.

Rick Shefchik lives in Stillwater, Minnesota, with his wife, Barbara. They have two children -- Claire, who is a freelance writer and editor living in the Twin Cities, and David, who is a computer scientist living in Portland, OR. His primary hobbies are golf and playing the guitar, at which he's equally adequate, but some distance from accomplished.

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This was an engaging book on golfing in Minnesota. The writer's style made for a pleasurable read whether focusing on specific golf courses (i.e. sections of the book) or reading the whole book. The photographs lent depth to the book that complemented the overall appreciation of the work itself. The book tends to reflect a more scholarly approach to Minnesota's golfing history. The author draws significantly from resources at the Minnesota Historical Society and well as local newspapers. Although a history of golfing in Minnesota is broader than the handful of country clubs the author had chosen to include in this book, they are representative of Minnesota golf. An interesting complementary book to this one is entitled: "Fore! Gone. Minnesota's Lost Golf Courses 1897-1999" by Joe Bissen. "Fore! Gone" focuses on Minnesota golf courses that have tried to be successful but have faded away. Bissen casts a broader net in approaching Minnesota golf and it is interesting read both of these books.
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"From Fields to Fairways" is a must read for anyone with even a passing interest in Minnesota's great, old golf courses. From digging up William Peet's remarkable 1930 letter to the members of Town & Country Club to recounting the tweaking (OK, overhauling) of Tot Heffelfinger's championship layout along the shore of Hazeltine Lake, Rick Shefchik has delved into Minnesota golf history like no one before. If you've ever played Somerset or MGC or Rochester G&CC or Northland or any of more than a dozen others, you'll enjoy reading about the background of the course, how the architect set it up, and much more. It's a brilliant golf history book.
-- Joe Bissen, author of the upcoming book "Fore! Gone. Minnesota's Lost Golf Courses, 1897-1999"
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If you have any interest in some of the great golf around Minneapolis
this book is for you. We're a family of golfers and to read about some of
our favorite courses was great
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Im very happy with the product it was the perfect gift, just what I was looking for . . .
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From Fields to Fairways: Classic Golf Clubs of Minnesota is an must have for any serious student of golf course architecture's golf library. A fantastic effort and a very fun and engaging read. Well done Rick!
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