Fairway To Hell

Fairway To Hell

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'Every weekend, thousands of otherwise rational men and women are cursing, kicking at divots and smashing expensively milled putters against the trunks of immovable hardwood trees. These players go home in a toxic funk to inflict gloom upon their loved ones until the following Saturday, when they rush back to the golf course and do it all over again.' In the summer of 2005, Carl Hiaasen picked up a golf club again for the first time in 32 years. He was not the best of players in 1973, and had certainly not got any younger in the intervening period. Undeterred, and weighed down by an increasing quantity of golf equipment and game-enhancing products acquired from adverts on The Golf Channel, who can see a sucker coming, Carl was soon hacking and shanking his way around the courses of Florida, and his obsession with the sport was rekindled. Animals were harmed during the making of this book. Over the course of the next 18 months, Carl's game got better, then worse, then slightly better, then much worse again, and he even managed to jinx Tiger Woods. On the way to finally summoning up the courage to compete in an actual tournament himself, Carl details the hilarious consequences of his misguided belief that he could actually play the game. We also learn that Justin Timberlake has a better golf handicap (6) than Bob Dylan (17), that Eagle Trace golf course contains not one trace of an eagle, and that Mind Drive capsules are not necessarily a good idea. But through all the misery and frustration (save the odd glorious shot), golf took up residence in Carl's heart again. "Fairway to Hell" is the ultimate tale of the trials and tribulations of the amateur golfer, but also the heart-warming story of how the game brought together the generations of the Hiaasen family.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 20mm | 222.26g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552775096
  • 9780552775090
  • 348,120

Review quote

"It has taken Carl Hiaasen to capture the essence of a game that, like the bagpipes and the kilt, was invented by the Irish and given to the Scots as a joke. The rest is history, and this wretched pastime has demented us since" -- David Feherty "Brimming wit" -- Robert Collins The Sunday Times "Hiaasen's observations can be both accurate and funny, a rare gift for what qualifies as a genuine sports book because it will have great resonance amongst Sunday morning hackers" -- Peter Sharkey Yorkshire Post "Hiaasen is shameless in extracting every bit of comedic value he possibly can. Essentially, he does so by poking fun at himself and that is what "hacking" is all about. The laughs may be cheap but they are ever so painfully earned" -- James Corrigan Independent "With biting humor and painfully honest self-humiliation, Hiaasen describes his 1-1/2-year journey into one of Dante's inner circles of hell" Christian Science Monitorshow more

About Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of thirteen novels, including most recently Skinny Dip and Nature Girl, as well as Hoot and Flush, both novels for children. He also writes a weekly column in the Miami Herald.show more

Review Text

"Hiaasen's observations can be both accurate and funny, a rare gift for what qualifies as a genuine sports book because it will have great resonance amongst Sunday morning hackers"show more

Back cover copy

In the summer of 2005, Carl Hiaasen picked up a golf club again for the first time in thirty-two years. He was not the best of players in 1973, and the intervening period had not been kind on his physique. Undeterred, and weighed down by an increasing accumulation of golf gadgetry acquired from unscrupulous corporations (who can see a sucker coming), Carl's obsession with the sport was rekindled. Fairway to Hell is the hilarious account of Carl Hiaasen's love-hate relationship with unruly drivers, temperamental putters and all the many hazards of the golf course - local wildlife included. It is the ultimate tale of the trials and tribulations of the amateur golfer, and quite simply the funniest golf memoir ever written. 'It has taken Carl Hiaasen to capture the essence of a game that, like the bagpipes and the kilt, was invented by the Irish and given to the Scots as a joke. The rest is history, and this wretched pastime has demented us since' David Feherty www.rbooks.co.ukshow more

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49 ratings
3.46 out of 5 stars
5 18% (9)
4 27% (13)
3 43% (21)
2 8% (4)
1 4% (2)
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