A Short History of Golf

Foreword by Greg Norman


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By Matt Cleary
Format Hardback
Page Extent 274
Book Size 26 x 152 x 202 mm (H x W x D)
Imprint New Holland Publishers
Release Date 1 Sep 2017
Subject Classification Sports & outdoor recreation / Ball games / Golf
A Short History of Golf is an absorbing and occasionally funny look at the seminal moments and great characters of golf through the ages. It’s about how champions inspired generations, how great matches excited the senses, how innovation evolved and changed the game. How media covered it, how people consumed it. How a great industry formed around it. Written in sports writer Matt Cleary’s conversational prose, and featuring interviews with Greg Norman, Gary Player, David Graham, Ian Baker-Finch and Scott van Pelt, to name a few, A Short History of Golf is one man’s take on how the game today came to be. Golf is – and has always been - fun, addictive, rewarding, infuriating and a few other things besides. And every player, from Old Tom Morris to young Brandon DeChambeau, shares and empathises with every other golfers’ obsession with swinging a club at a ball to a hole. Every golfer gets it. They always have. “Bloody brilliant.” – Greg Norman.

Matt Cleary

Matt Cleary is a sports, travel and lifestyle writer, and contributor to: The Guardian; Inside Sport; The Robb Report; Rugby League Week (RIP); Big League; The Roar; Inside Cricket; Jetstar’s in-flight; Golf Australia; Golf Digest; NRL.com; Inside Rugby; Sydney Morning Herald; Bleacher Report; Australian Financial Review; Inside Golf; Luxury Travel, and several others. He once spent four months driving 25,000 kilometres around Australia, for a 12-issue series of stories in Golf Digest about playing golf on a full lap of Australia. He wrote a live blog for The Guardian about Jarryd Hayne’s first game for San Francisco 49ers, and many people thought it was good. He also runs golf tours because it’s fun.