A Son of the Game: A Story of Golf and Fatherhood

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Algonquin Books, Apr 13, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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This memoir “reveals the depth of [the author’s] love for golf, fatherhood, and his ancestral home—the Sandhills of North Carolina” (Curt Sampson).
 
Named Golf Book of the Year by the International Network of Golf, A Son of the Game is the story of how acclaimed golf writer James Dodson, feeling directionless at midlife, leaves his home in Maine to revisit Pinehurst, North Carolina—where his father first taught him the game that would shape his life.
 
Once he arrives, the curative power of the Sandhills region not only helps him find a new career working for the local paper, but also reignites his flagging passion for golf. And, perhaps more significantly, it inspires him to try to pass along to his teenage son the same sense of joy and contentment he has found in the game, and to recall the many colorful and lifelong friends he has met on the links.
 
This wise memoir about finding new meaning through an old sport is filled with anecdotes about the history of the game and of Pinehurst, the home of American golf, where many larger-than-life legends played some of their greatest rounds. Dodson’s bestselling memoir Final Rounds began in Pinehurst, and now he follows his journey of discovery back to where his love of the game began—a love that he hopes to make a family legacy.
 

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A SON OF THE GAME: A Story of Golf, Going Home, and Sharing Life's Lessons

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Dodson (Beautiful Madness: One Man's Journey Through Other People's Gardens, 2006, etc.) downsizes his working relationship to golf and upgrades the quality of his life when he returns to his North ... Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE The Last Amateur
CHAPTER ONE Pants That Just Say Pinehurst
CHAPTER TWO Sacred Ground
CHAPTER THREE Open Hooky
CHAPTER FOUR Idle Knights Adventure and Philosophy Club
CHAPTER FIVE An Ideal Sport
CHAPTER SIX Sons of the Game
CHAPTER SEVEN Where the Heart Wants to Be
CHAPTER EIGHT Go Do Good
CHAPTER NINE The Fairway Home
CHAPTER TEN The Vegas of the East
CHAPTER ELEVEN Playing Till Dark
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James Dodson's bestselling Final Rounds was named the Golf Book of the Year by the International Network of Golf in 1996. He is the author of six other books, including the acclaimed biography Ben Hogan: An American Life. He lives with his family in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

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