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David Wood

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Book Description

April 1 2011
At forty-seven, David Wood sold everything he owned and set out to fulfill every golfer’s dream: For one year, he traveled the world (covering sixty thousand miles and every continent except Antarctica) by plane, boat, train, motorcycle, and rickshaw, to play the game he loves in the most exotic locales, including the world’s highest, driest, hottest, coldest, and most remote golf courses, and lived to tell the tale. Along the way, he met a bevy of fascinating characters, including surly cabbies, taxi drivers with a death wish, welcoming golf-course managers, threatening kangaroos, and golf pros out for a quick game. David faced dire situations, such as bouts of food poisoning in India and Egypt, altitude sickness in Argentina, getting booted out of the Ukraine by armed guards, and muddling about with limited language skills. But through it all he maintained a sense of humor and, of course, his passion for golf, which he played every chance he got.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (April 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145581508X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455815081
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g

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From Publishers Weekly

Former standup comedian and humor columnist Wood sold his condo in Seattle and set out on a yearlong global golfing journey. He tells a highly entertaining tale of his trip through 22 countries far off the beaten path from the typical golf vacation. He played the first of his 80 rounds on the world's southernmost course at the tip of Argentina and finished in the northernmost climes of the upper reaches of Norway. In between he played a vast range of layouts: a grassless brown track in the Atacama Desert of Chile; spectacular courses in New Zealand and Australia; a course adjacent to the pyramids and sphinx in Egypt; and the only golf course in all of Russia. He suffered various setbacks, such as golf clubs temporarily lost on a South American bus line. He writes well about the terrain and local atmosphere, and provides a deft mix of golf and travel writing. His take on the people of the world is a 48-year-old bachelor's perspective, as he judges Argentina, Chile and Hungary to have the best-looking women and writes longingly of a beautiful foot masseuse in China. Wood's humor is sometimes forced, but like a few shanked shots in an otherwise well-played round of golf, it doesn't spoil the whole. (Mar.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"David is a very entertaining writer - with a wit and a way of bringing people and stories to life that had me laughing out loud. I look forward to visiting some of the courses he played - hopefully without having to sell everything like he had to do!"  – Bobby Clampett, television golf analyst, golf professional, and author of The Impact Zone

"David Wood's story joyously captures the maddening yet addictive allure of golf as he takes us on a journey every golfer would envy."

-Rick Lipsey, golf writer at Sports Illustrated and author of Golfing on the Roof of the World

 

"David Wood will be a hero to many. He cast off all responsibility except that linked to the pursuit of golf and self actualization. From distant lands he brings rich stories of interesting and amusing endeavors and a picture of a diverse world connected via that ridiculous, compelling and wonderful game of golf. Give this to your friends, they'll love it." 

--Charles Lindsay, author of Lost Balls: Great Holes, Tough Shots and Bad Lies

 

“David Wood’s entertaining and exciting 60,000-mile odyssey reveals the game of golf not as a chin-on-chest battle with the scorecard, but as the perfect medium through which to explore and enjoy the world around you. This is a book that proves golf has far more to offer than most of us take from it – and inspires us to broaden our relationship with the game.”

--Duncan Lennard, author of Extreme Golf and 112 Miles to the Pin

 

 “David Wood has written an inspiring, attention-holding and humorous golfing travelogue. Unencumbered by the ‘trappings’ of life, David set off on his voyage of discovery to far-flung destinations, armed with a vague itinerary, personal documents, a set of ten golf clubs and minimal clothing. Paramount was his ‘eleventh club’—a razor-sharp sense of humor that enabled him to cope with the ebb and flow of world travel. Around the World in 80 Rounds is more than merely a regurgitation of golf, golf, and more golf. Sure, this all-important aspect holds sway, but ample text is accorded to village and city life, and landmarks of note encountered. Indeed, Wood’s excellent narrative provides insight as to how citizens around the globe conduct their lives—both on, and off, the golf course.”

–Paul Daley, publisher and author of Golf Architecture, Links Golf, and Favorite Holes by Design

 

“Forget Jack and Tiger, David is now my favorite golfer!  Keep this away from the responsible crowd, they will certainly get grandiose ideas of great golf trips that might not go over so well with spouses, bosses and financial advisors.”

--Mike Brabham, modestly average golfer

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars We all have a dream, David lived his! July 28 2008
By Michael Discus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Everyone has a dream but how many have the courage to make it happen? If you play golf, you'll enjoy reading about the different courses, golf and travel challenges and get David's glimpse into local cultures. If you don't play golf, it's still funny and inspiring. In our post 9/11 world, imagine someone taking a year out of his daily routine and "to do" list to live a dream of traveling around the world alone, living each day fully, and connecting with strangers through a common passion - some strangers becoming new life friends. Give this to family and friends to enjoy funny stories about playing golf world-wide and perhaps to be inspired to have courage to leave one's comfort zone and go on their own life adventure.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Star Safari meets Around Ireland with a Fridge Aug. 21 2014
By DJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just finished the audio version of the book and, despite the fact that David's reading was a little bit Shatneresque, I'm going with 5 stars. For someone who loves travel, as well as golf, the book should be a great read. As a sometime solo traveler, I have great respect for people who are willing to inject themselves into some scary places and do scary things, and David did that all over the world. I think the 1 star rating is wrong about David's tone, which I found respectful but honest. When he reads the last line of the chapter on Zimbabwe, I think his voice actually cracks a little as he shares his pleasure at having spent the round with the young Zimbabwean caddy who impacted him so much. I don't want a writer to sugarcoat his experiences, and David isn't the first person I've heard come away from India completely exasperated. His love and respect for the game come through very well, and his descriptions of the various courses were clear and evocative.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to escape Feb. 22 2014
By James Edward Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What a wonderful book to mentally escape to the thought of playing golf all over the world in foreign and dangerous lands.
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing golf around the world Nov. 13 2013
By Mitchell J. Bukzin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you like golf, this author acted out our fantasy by spending a year playing all over the world. It is a combination of world travel storys and golfing storys.
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love golf, this is a great read July 16 2013
By L. Waters - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Wood does a great job of taking you on a golfing tour of the world from south to north. fellowship of the golf community, the kindness of people around the world, and the variety and location of golf courses make this a very enjoyable read.

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