For golf’s true enthusiasts, the game is far more—and far more complex—than a simple hobby, commodity, or slice of the sports industry. It is a physical and mental place to be, a community. It has a history, a hierarchy, laws, a language, and a literature. And in Richard J. Moss, it has a chronicler.
From its beginnings in the northeastern United States in the 1880s, golf has seen its popularity, and its fortunes, wax and wane, affected by politics and economics, reflecting tensions between aristocratic and democratic impulses. The Kingdom of Golf in America traces these ups and downs, ins and outs, in the growth of golf as a community. Moss describes the development of the private club and public course and the impact of wealth and the consumer culture on those who play golf and those who watch. He shows that factors like race, gender, technology, suburbanization, and the transformation of the South that shaped the nation also shaped golf. The result is a unique, and uniquely entertaining, work of cultural history that shows us golf as a community whose story resonates far beyond the confines of the course.
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Whether or not Mr. Moss knows of the savanna thesis, he knows that there is "something irrationally intoxicating about being on a golf course and hitting a golf ball." His own love for the game is infectious.Read Full Review of The Kingdom of Golf in America | See more reviews from WSJ online
A valuable survey of U.S. golf history, but a bit too dry and academic for casual readers.Read Full Review of The Kingdom of Golf in America | See more reviews from Kirkus
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