Around the World in 80 Rounds: Chasing a Golf Ball from Tierra Del Fuego to the Land of the Midnight Sun

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Macmillan, Mar 18, 2008 - Humor - 282 pages
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“Jealous. That’s what I am. Green with golf envy…Why didn’t we think of that? I mean, what golfer worth his, or her, balls wouldn’t want to trade all the troubles of life for the adventure and privilege of teeing it up everywhere from the glacial volcanoes of the Andes to the Arctic Circle in Norway?”--from the foreword by Turk Pipkin

At 47, David Wood sold everything he owned and set out to fulfill every golfer’s dream: For one year, he traveled the world (covering 60,000 miles and every continent except Antartica) by plane, boat, train, motorcycle and rickshaw, to play the game he loves in the most exotic locales, including the world’s highest, driest, hottest, coldest, and most remote golf courses, and lived to tell the tale.

Along the way, he met a bevy of fascinating characters, including surly cabbies, taxi drivers with a death wish, welcoming golf course managers, threatening kangaroos, and golf pros out for a quick game. David faced dire situations, such as bouts of food poisoning in India and Egypt, altitude sickness in Argentina, getting booted out of the Ukraine by armed guards, and muddling through with limited language skills, but through it all he maintained a sense of humor and of course his passion for golf, which he played every chance he got.


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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 ROUNDS: Chasing a Golf Ball from Tierra del Fuego to the Land of the Midnight Sun

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Yet another humorous memoir from some guy who likes to play golf—but this one's actually funny.No matter how modest their writing talent, an alarming number of golf enthusiasts feel impelled to share ... Read full review


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About the author (2008)

David Wood is a former stand-up comedian with a life-long passion for golf. He currently writes a monthly humor column for Grand Tour magazine as well as golf articles for periodicals and Web sites. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit his Web site at


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