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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Harvey Penick: The Life & Wisdom of the Man that Wrote the Book on Golf

Harvey Penick: The Life & Wisdom of the
     Man Who Wrote The Book On Golf
by Kevin Robbins
ISBN-13: 9780544148499
ISBN-10: 0544148495
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Page Count: 368

4.5 stars

If you love golf... or ... if you love some that does - Kevin Robbins' new book would be a wonderful gift. Even if the golfer isn't a big reader. Because this is one of those books that any true lover of the game will want to read. Harvey Penick wrote the all time, hands down golf book, when he penned "The Little Red Book." But who was this "Yoda" of golf? This Harvey Penick?

Robbins answers this question, as he tells the story of an eight year old boy, not well to do by any definition, that began his career as a caddie. It was 1913 times were hard. Harvey seemed to instinctively know that meant he would have to work twice as hard. He stood out early and often. He would go on to teach some of the best. Many of the best credit much of their success to Harvey. During his 30 years at the University of Texas he coached the likes of Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, and Betsy Walls. He played with Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen and Ben Hogan. He was postumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002. His students, competitors and golfing buddies reads like a who's who in golf. But that's only part of the story.

Harvey Penick loved golf. He built an entire life around what he loved. They say...write what you know and love - and readers will love it too! I'm not a golfer, but after reading about Harvey I know I would have loved it. The golfing tales, anecdotes and words of wisdom make this book worth reading. But it's the deeper, life lessons that make it a must read.

Interesting, entertaining and highly informative read for golfers and non-golfers alike.

Happy Golfing!


*I received this book, free via the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for an honest, fair review.
    Golf's Golden Book Is Red

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