Since the day several hundred years ago that a Scottish shepherd first struck a rock with a shillelagh, perhaps no single athletic pursuit has brought man more joy and frustration, more fulfillment and utter despair, than the game of golf. It has been said by many that it is a microcosm of life itself—a beautiful game which tests the mind, body, and spirit. And as a testament to that, there is no shortage of inspired writing on the topic, as golf has long caught the interest and imagination of some of the world's finest and most celebrated writers.In Great American Golf Stories, editor Jeff Silverman collects some of the best classic writings, both fact and realistic fiction, that reflect the rich history, tradition, agony, and ecstasy of one of our most enduring and endearing pastimes.
A former columnist for The Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Jeff Silverman has written for The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and several other publications. As an editor, his anthologies include The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told, The Greatest Boxing Stories Ever Told, Bernard Darwin on Golf, and Great American Golf Stories. He lives in West, Chester, Pennsylvania.