...Meditations on the Meaning and Beauty of a Game)
Many golfers would agree with Andy Brumer that there is poetry in the game of golf. Nor is Brumer the first to insist that there is more to it than the superstars, swing gurus, and high-tech equipment that dominate talk of the game today. Brumer, one of the most insightful writers on golf, considers the game from unexpected and often surprising angles. Contemplative and compelling,
The Poetics of Golf explores the links between golf and life by way of art and literature, philosophy and psychology.
In portraits of various players—including Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sörenstam, and Arnold Palmer—Brumer teases out the truths that their games can tell us, not just about golf but about character and courage. And he also offers an unconventional yet enlightening look at the intricacies of the golf swing, course architecture, and golfing equipment.
Above all, Brumer reminds us that golf is by no means only a game.
Andy Brumer is a freelance writer specializing in golf, art, and literature. Formerly the editor of Golf Tips magazine and Petersen’s Golfing, he is the author of Guide to the Golf Revolution: How Technology Is Driving the Game and the coauthor, with Bobby Clampett, of The Impact Zone: Mastering Golf’s Moment of Truth.
If you don’t fancy swinging your club in the middle of a war zone perhaps you consider a visit to the Merapi Golf Course in Indonesia. Situated 800 meter above sea level the Merapi Golf Course is 18 hole, Par 72 with 5805 meters and one of the most unusual courses in the world.
The views are beautiful, the temperatures are scorching but there is one small problem. The course has been built on the rim of an active volcano. But wait, there’s more
Two of the World’s most iconic brands, Aquascutum and Bentley, have collaborated to create a luxury and innovative golf lifestyle collection.
Designed for on-course and off-course, the collection features unique designs in luxury fabrics that encompass the iconic details from Aquascutum apparel and Bentley motorcars.
The luxury technical zip polo features a contrast panelling on the shoulders and arms that runs through to the hem. Featuring the iconic Bentley logo which is located on the left sleeve and the Aquascutum logo is on the back of the neck. A stylish piece that is engineered for comfort throughout the golf swing. But wait, there’s more
Colin Montgomerie is a golfing legend. Ranked Europe’s number-one for an unparalleled seven years in a row, he is equally renowned as a player of great passion. The son of a keen Scottish golfing family, Colin was already showing his prodigious talent as a young boy. After completing his education in America, where he benefited from a golf scholarship, Colin turned professional in 1987, beginning a truly remarkable career.
Even with more than forty international tournament victories and eight European Order of Merit titles to his name, Monty is perhaps best known for his amazing contributions to the European Ryder Cup team, eight times as a player, winning five times and undefeated in singles, and most recently as a victorious European Ryder Cup captain, amid unforgettable scenes at Celtic Manor in October 2010.
Montgomerie’s autobiography is the story of both a fantastic talent and a complex personality, and of a golfer who remains determined to add to his already impressive achievements. But wait, there’s more
Opened in October 1984, Tralee Golf Course was the first European golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. Tralee is one of those courses where it is difficult to concentrate on your game due to the breathtaking nature of the scenery but you will nevertheless note that the course offers countless superb holes. The links at Barrow is a roller coaster of sand dune holes. Treacherous traps and undulating greens are among the challenges on this exciting golf links.
When Arnold Palmer first saw the area upon which his company was to build Tralee golf links, he was ecstatic about the possibilities. “I have never come across a piece of land so ideally suited for the building of a golf course” he said. “I designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine”. But wait, there’s more
Golf Las Americas is in a privileged setting, sitting as it does, in a natural ampitheatre, with a dramatic backdrop of mountains to the back and views across the sea to La Gomera at the front. A very gently sloping course, protected from the wind by the surrounding range of hills which create a pleasant environment. The course opened in 1998 and was designed by John Jacobs & Associates.
The designers gave priority to the obstacles on this 18 hole, par 72 course, which covers a total of 6,039 metres; covering over 90 hectares of land the course is maintained to the highest standard and many holes have attractive water features which are home to breeding families of ducks, geese & swans. Once on the course, it is hard to believe that the hustle and bustle of Las Americas and Los Cristianos, Tenerife’s main tourist resorts, is only a stone’s throw away. But wait, there’s more