Final Rounds: A Father, a Son, the Golf Journey of a Lifetime

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Random House Publishing Group, Oct 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
Their relationship was forged on the golf course. Whenever there was a problem in their lives, Jim Dodson and his father would play a round and figure it out while smashing drives and lining up putts. But Jim's father was now 80 years old (Jim was 40) and his drives were not carrying the greens like they used to. Father and son could not play golf together forever, so they decided to take one last trip together--to the Scottish links where the father first played during World War II. Just before they left, however, the trip took on sudden significance as Jim's father found out his cancer had returned, and he had but a few months to live. Still they went, determined not to dwell on the inevitable, but to honor their lives and loves together: love for each other, their families, and for the game that helped keep them close. While playing in the world-renowned courses at St. Andrews and Muirfield, they encounter great golf lore and legend; but more importantly, a son learns secrets of his father's past and to admire him even more than he thought possible. In the process, he takes home some very important lessons about the meaning of family. Written with searing honesty and unbounded wit, "Final Rounds" is a tribute to a very special game and the fathers and sons who make it so.

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FINAL ROUNDS: A Father, a Son, the Golf Journey of a Lifetime

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A journalist's touching memoir of his father's dying months, during which the two men reflected at length on life, death, and golf. To golf writer Jim Dodson and his father, Brax, golf was more than a ... Read full review

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The story of a father and son. The father is dying of cancer so he and his son go back to England where the father learned to play golf to get in a few "Final Rounds". It is as much a father/son story as a golf one but it is great on both parts Read full review

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James Dodson is a regular columnist for Golf magazine and an editor of Departures magazine. His work has appeared in Gentleman's Quarterly, Travel & Leisure, Outside, and numerous other national publications. He won the Golf Writers of America Award for his columns in 1995 and 1996.

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