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Missing Links by Rick Reilly

Missing Links

by Rick Reilly

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Missing Links by Rick Reilly is a phenomenal golf book. This book is a page turner and will keep you flipping the page. Rick Reilly does a great job ending a chapter while setting up the following chapter causing the reader to want to flip the page. This is not one of your typical golf books. This book is not completely focused on golf it incorporates romance gambling long time friendships and complicated family relationships. The book opens up describing what is supposed to be the “worst golf course in America” Ponky. Reilly uses a large variety of of imagery to describe this golf course in such detail that you feel like you have played it every day of your life. He then goes on to introduce you to a mishap of misfits that he plays golf, gets drunk and gables with almost every day of his life. It is through their drunken gambling that cause a fight on the 16th hole. Hoover rips a hole in the 12 foot hedge separating the worst golf course in America to the finest golf course in America. It is from this fight that the ultimate bet derives. The group of misfits from Ponky make and bet to see who could get into to nicest most private golf course in America and play 18 holes. Throughout the bet friendships, character and loyalty are tested only to reveal a shocking outcome.

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  Austin.Cooke92 | Jan 4, 2010 |
A really wonderful book on what it feels like to play golf ( )
  golfjr | Jan 5, 2006 |
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From Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly comes this spoof of all things golf and country club. Missing Links recounts the tale of a coterie of golfing friends who ply their hobby at Ponkoquogue Municipal Golf Links and Deli. An 18-hole garbage dump with hazards that include a concrete river surrounded by a chain-link fence and the pillars of the elevated train that runs through the course, it is reputed to be the worst golf course in America. One day the group inadvertently discovers that all along they've been playing right next door to the Mayflower Club, a true golfing Eden. The rollicking plot includes a bet to see who will be first to sneak in a round at the Mayflower, as well as the narrator's attempts to reach some sort of reasonable understanding with his overbearing father.

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A funny tale on four blue-collar golfers in Boston who manage to get one of their own to play in the snobbish Mayflower Country Club where one plays by invitation only.

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