18 Holes with Bing by Nathaniel Crosby
Golf, Life, and Lessons from Dad

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In this love letter to his father, former professional golfer Nathaniel Crosby shares memories of Bing Crosby on the golf course, and the lessons he taught him about the game and about life. With a Foreword by Jack Nicklaus.

“Bing Crosby was a great ambassador for our game, as well as a great man,” hails longtime friend and golf partner, Jack Nicklaus. The beloved singer and star was also an extraordinary teacher who instilled an abiding passion and mastery of the game in his youngest son, Nathaniel. Winning the US Amateur at nineteen, Nathaniel went on to compete in high-level professional tournaments for his entire life.

In 18 Holes with Bing, Nathaniel introduces us to the Bing Crosby he and his family knew—not the beloved singer who played golf, but a golfer who sang to pay his country club dues. Nathaniel shares exclusive stories about this American icon golfing, working, and playing with some of the most famous people in history—royalty, titans of industry, stars of stage and screen, and champions of the green, including Bob Hope, Dwight Eisenhower, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Louis Armstrong. At the book’s heart is an intimate account of a father and a son—how a mutual love of golf formed an exceptional emotional bond.

Full of anecdotes, vignettes, and recollections of Bing’s time on the course, the tournaments he created and later sponsored, and the constant encouragement he showed his son, 18 Holes with Bing honors this celebrated golfer, entertainer, and father, and illuminates his life as never before.


About Nathaniel Crosby

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Nathaniel Crosby won the United States Amateur Championship in 1981 and is a former pro golfer and host of the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. He has played in the three Masters, the United States Open, and two British Opens. He is the former president of Jack Nicklaus Golf Toney Penna Golf and was a partner and sales director for Orlimar golf during their highly successful run in the late ’90s. He is the founder of Appletree Golf Societies. He now lives in Jupiter, Florida, with his wife, Sheila, and between them have six children. John Strege is the author of five books, including When the War Played Through, which won the United States Golf Association's Herbert Warren Wind Book Award in 2005 and the bestselling Tiger: A Biography of Tiger Woods. He has covered golf and baseball for over 20 years, and now writes for Golf Digest. He lives in San Diego, California. Author Image 1
Published May 3, 2016 by Dey Street Books. 237 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction