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Let There Be Pebble: A Middle-Handicapper's Year in America's Garden of Golf Hardcover – June 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803233574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803233577
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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<div>"There's plenty to satisfy, entertain and prod most golfers to want to read this one on Pebble. . . . An absolute winner!" Bob Koczor, Golf Today</div> (Bob Koczor Golf Today)

<div>"Few courses have spawned as many published words as Pebble Beach. It's unlikely that any writer will ever tackle this subject with the skill displayed by Jack." Martin Kaufmann, Golf Week</div> (Martin Kaufmann Golf Week 2011-06-23)

<div>"Every golfer goes through some variation of the mid-life crisis. Not everyone gets to do it on the Monterrey Peninsula. Once the obvious envy is removed from the equation, what's left is an inviting escapade into discovering through a diverse cast from Michael Murphy and Clint Eastwood to the caddie corps and the author himself why Pebble and its high-rent environs are always so absorbing, especially in an Open season." Golf.com</div> (Golf.com 2011-06-28)

<div>"A real-life golf fantasy year, boldly lived and exuberantly told." Kirkus</div> (Kirkus 2011-05-01)

<div>"Like the author himself, the reader of Let There Be Pebble won't play golf one bit better at the end of the book. But there are enough laughs, and even a few poignant moments in between, to satisfy any golfer." Jack Shakely, Foreword</div> (Jack Shakely Foreword)

<div>"A combination of history, celebrity-chasing and a few fleeting glimpses behind the "out of bounds" tapes strung around the iconic golf course, this book will not only provide a few laughs but also offer some revealing looks at the folks who make events like the U.S. Open and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournaments function smoothly." --Robert Walch Salinas Californian

"Few courses have spawned as many published words as Pebble Beach. It's unlikely that any writer will ever tackle this subject with the skill displayed by Jack." --Martin Kaufmann, Golf Week

"A real-life golf fantasy year, boldly lived and exuberantly told." --Kirkus

About the Author

A golf writer and former newspaper sports editor, Zachary Michael Jack has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including the anthology Inside the Ropes: Sportswriters Get Their Game On, available in a Bison Books edition. He teaches literary sportswriting and seminars in sports studies as an associate professor of English at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

More About the Author

ZACHARY MICHAEL JACK has published more than twenty award-winning books in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, literary journalism, creative nonfiction, and personal essay. Zachary's fiction has earned national runner-up honors in the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award; his poetry has been awarded the Prentice Hall Prize, and his nonfiction has received nominations for the Pushcart (Best of the Small Presses) Prize, the Theodore Saloutos Award, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, the Herbert Warren Wind Award, and the Shambaugh Award. The author and his work have been featured in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Indianapolis Star and the Des Moines Register, among many others. Zachary's books have been favorably reviewed by the The New York Review of Books, Publisher's Weekly, Choice, Kirkus, Foreword Reviews, and other industry-shaping opinion-makers. In sum the author's work has earned him listing in Who's Who in America. An associate professor of English, Zachary teaches aspiring writers and scholars in the Writing, Editing, and Publishing Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program at North Central College and speaks to groups nationwide.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Movie Buff on October 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful idea for a golf magazine article. Unfortunately, it's stretched out to book length. Sort of like a tricked up USGA golf course. But I digress. As a book, the subject matter wanes and the author gets way too pleased with the sound of his own voice. Maybe a month at Pebble would have been better, and, as i said, a nice longish magazine piece.

There's a vague build-up to the 2010 US Open but when the week finally arrives, the tourney is covered in a few scant pages.

Some nice details about the history and ambience of Carmel. But less would have been a lot more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fresh Air Reader on June 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just read Martin Kaufmann's glowing review of Let There Be Pebble in GolfWeek, and having picked up the book myself I'm totally on board. Kaufmann is a tough reviewer, and he goes so far as to call this book "the writerly equivalent of Tiger Woods' 15-shot romp at Pebble in 2000." He goes on to say it's unlikely that any writer will ever again tackle this subject with equal skill. I don't normally go in for that kind of over-the-moon praise, but in this case I think it's right on the money. Pick this one up for sure.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary K. McCormick VINE VOICE on September 17, 2012
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I lingered a long time with my fingers poised over the keyboard while I pondered how to structure this review. While on the face of it there is a lot to be admired - even envied - about a golfer/golf-writer/wanna-be novelist who ditches his hum-drum life in some Midwestern fly-over state to spend a year in one of the most beautiful physical landscapes on the planet, let alone within the borders of the United States, schmoozing with (or just plain stalking) some of the best professional golfers in the world, not to mention the Hollywood celebrities who also flock to the place, there is also something a bit "Gee, Toto - I don't think we're in Kansas anymore!" about it. The exercise, at least as conducted by author Zachary Michael Jack, careers drunkenly back & forth between an uncomfortable adolescent hero-worship of both the place - Pebble Beach Golf links and the nearby town of Carmel - and the people who live there and/or frequent the area professionally or as tourists, and a coldly cynical assessment of the California-craziness of the place as seen through the lens of an austere Midwestern upbringing.

Jack deserves credit for having the chutzpah to shoulder his way into the community, like the gawky nerd who crashes the party thrown by his high school social superiors. He interviewed anyone who would stand still long enough, as he took in no less than four big-time golf tournaments at Pebble Beach in his year Out West, from the mayor of Carmel and the people responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, to golf luminaries such as Gary Player, Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus, and even other golf writers who were covering the tournaments.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Flanagan on June 2, 2011
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Unfortunately this book fails in many regards. The writing is troublesome. The author talks to many people who we have all read before. It just is not a good book at all.
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