A hilarious story of a simple man that blows his minuscule IRA to play some of the world's famous golf courses in the home of Golf, Scotland. Stubborn as Jeff is, he knew he could do better than the "golf tours" offered by many companies. As a result, the book is a tee by tee description of Jeff's trip from deciding which courses to play, how much he wanted to spend, the trials of driving on the wrong side of the road, and the simple beauty of Scotland.
FIVE STARS - "This book will be your trusted source for playing the links in Scotland."
If you are or know of an avid golfer that is pining to go to Scotland to play a round on the "sacred ground", this book will be your trusted source. Sure, you can read a lot of information on the internet about those golf courses, but you will not get the flavor of how each course plays and the nuances of how an experienced player would tackle them. This is what you get when you read Over the Ocean and to the Links: A Golfer's Journey by author and player Jeff Foulk and edited by Jay A. Blum.
I have to admit, personally, I have not picked up the clubs in quite a while and was apprehensive to review a golfing book. I was completely wrong! Jeff's down to earth manner of writing put me at ease immediately and I remembered back to when I used to caddy for my father who was an avid player in his day. I think they both would have enjoyed playing 18 together. Jeff's style of storytelling is "shoot from the hip" with a lot of humor thrown in. This becomes evident when Jeff lands in Scotland and journeys to his first B&B with a right hand driven car. How he navigates the notorious roundabout intersections and the way he conveys the experience is how he talks about playing his ball and trying to get out of a deep bunker. With intensity! Driving and playing golf is serious business.
It had been Jeff's dream to play many of the courses in Scotland, including St. Andrews. A Golfer's Journey is his play-by-play of how he researched and pre-booked his starting times at some of the most exciting courses in Scotland. He tells the story, including photos, of the accommodations that he stayed at, each course that he played, the dining fare and of course beer that was sampled. He really did have fun at this, and that's what makes it fun to read. For most of the courses he played, he details the course, what to avoid and adds in some tips and tricks. His anecdotes about players that joined him or people that he met along the way make Scotland seem like a very friendly place.
In total, over a three week trip (17 days of golf), he played twenty-two rounds of golf and gets into detail of how to budget a trip for yourself. To top it all off, he has an index of all the websites of the courses he played, the accommodations and the contact names. In all, this book is a labor of love from a man who loves his game and wants to share the experience with others. The other player in this is Jay A. Blum, a friend of Jeff's who edited the original manuscript to what it is. This book takes you on an enjoyable journey across the water to a mystical land where the game of golf began. I think I might just dust off those clubs of mine soon. - TBR topbookreviewers.com
FIVE STARS - "Very readable and enjoyable!"
And dare I say a bit flattering to us dire Scots." Ken Horne, Member's Secretary - The James Braid Golfing Society
FIVE STARS - "Enjoyable"
"I love reading about his experiences on and off the golf course. The score cards and pictures were a nice touch. One can really see how interesting the courses were. Trying to picture myself on some of those tee boxes with my handicap which is my swing would be unbelievable. This book could be a good outline to help people plan their trip. I also like hearing about how friendly and helpful the people were. All in all an enjoyable book." - Mike
FIVE STARS - "First E-book Read"
So first off let me say this was my first completed ebook. God bless all of you that read books this way. I found it hard to do. I read 6 books in between the start and finish date. It felt too much like studying. I found a compromise by moving it onto my iPhone in ebooks. This book is so well written. I lived in Dundee Scotland and attended Uni there. St Andrews is our sister Uni so sports privileges are extended to both. Having played on several occasions I was over the moon to read such fun, technical and real descriptions of the Scots people, the towns, the land and most importantly the weather in Scotland.
He wrote it giving finite detail to everything; from booking his trip, booking his rounds at various courses and his driving skills or lack thereof! If you're interested in traveling to Scotland or would like to plan a vacation there this is the book for you. He gives great information on booking and navigating various b&bs, international car rental, calling home from Europe, your phone won't work there, to playing rounds of golf. I will invest in getting a hard copy of this book because I enjoyed it that much. Even if you don't like the game of golf this book is a vicarious glimpse into a bucket list trip! - R Tianna Lawrence
FIVE STARS - "What an exciting trip!"
After reading this, I HAVE to add this trip to my bucket list. The author's wonderful presentation of a journey to Scotland and playing golf at its origin is superbly done. The stories are great, the descriptions and pictures make you feel like you are there. And the hints and tips are invaluable. Definitely a first class read. - R. Dendinger