St. Andrews Sojourn

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 5, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 336 pages
The Old Course at St. Andrews is the great hallowed ground of golf, and it was there that George Peper was playing in 1983 when he hit a slice so hideous that he never found the ball. But in looking for it, he came across a for sale sign on a stone town house alongside the famed 18th hole. Two months later he and his wife, Libby, became the proud owners of 9A Gibson Place.

The Old Course at St. Andrews is the great hallowed ground of golf, and it was there that George Peper was playing in 1983 when he hit a slice so hideous that he never found the ball. But in looking for it, he came across a for sale sign on a stone town house alongside the famed 18th hole. Two months later he and his wife, Libby, became the proud owners of 9A Gibson Place. Twenty years later, they moved in and settled in the “Auld Grey Toon,” in the land of golf, single malt scotch, haggis, bagpipes, and television licenses, where the neighbors had accents thicker than a North Sea fog.

When he isn't attempting to break par on the Old Course, Peper immerses himself in the local golf culture: He learns the rituals for ordering a drink at the Royal & Ancient Golf Club (est. 1754), where he becomes the first American elected to the Club Committee; endures homesickness (in the form of “Pre-Masters Post-Partum Syndrome”); and meets intriguing locals such as his neighbor Gordon Murray, quite possibly the only caddie to store his caddie bib in the trunk of a Mercedes, and Wee Raymond Gatherum, a magnificent shotmaker whose diminutive stature belies his skills.

Wry, warm, and witty, St. Andrews Sojourn will delight anyone who has played—or dreamed of playing—the Old Course.
 

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Contents

The Slice of My Life
1
Transatlantic Landlord
5
An End and a Beginning
10
Dogged Pursuit
18
Arrival
22
Two Andrews
26
Round One
29
Molishing
35
Happy Anniversary
137
Other Courses Other Charms
150
Rifts and Schisms
161
A Matter of Trust
168
Itwith Sir Michael
176
Nice Measurements
182
Victorias Vase
186
On His Majestys Secret Service
200

The Saint Hood
41
Perfect Golf
51
In at Last
57
Gordon
65
Show Me Your Papers
74
Window Office
79
The Club
83
Tescoid Anthropology
89
Wooing the Old Lady
97
A Special Experience
106
Pedophile
110
Playing Backwards
114
Having a Wee Flutter
118
Ways to Get on the Old Course
124
A Different World
132
The Night I Kissed the Captains Balls
204
The WedgeAway
213
The Partisans
217
Reunion
224
Winter Wonderland
229
Stalking Prince William
239
Dazzled by a Puffin Crossing
245
Two Trips Home
253
Herbicide
260
Summer Son
266
50000 People in Our Backyard
274
Home
293
Acknowledgments
301
Index
303
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

George Peper, currently editor at large for Links magazine, was editor in chief of Golf Magazine for twenty-five years and is the bestselling author of fifteen previous books. In 1999, his script for the documentary The Story of Golf was nominated for an Emmy Award. He lives in St. Andrews, Scotland.

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