The Secret History of Golf in Scotland
by Duncan MacPherson|
Book Website: http://www.booktown.com
256 Pages, Paperback, 6 x 9
This story about golf takes place in 16th Century Scotland and is inspired by the earliest historical records about “the greatest game“. In it Ian MacPherson, a dirt poor farmer and so-so golfer, decides he must win his town’s annual golfing tournament or face financial ruin. Galbraith, the Scottish Laird who rules the area, has financial problems of his own and also has designs on the tournament. He hires a golfing “ringer” from Edinburgh, Black Bart, to try and steal the tournament from the locals. Along with fascinating descriptions about early golf, there is plenty of earthy humor, cruel deception and local Scottish color. The author is a descendant of the MacPherson clan and swears at least some of what happens is fact, passed down to him from family stories
About The Author
Sixty-four year old Duncan MacPherson has spent his entire life on a 420
acre farm in North Central North Dakota. Duncan has never been married,
never graduated from high school and has never traveled further from home
than Minneapolis. His parents, who were both born in Scotland, are buried
in his back yard. "Aye take care of me mum's grave pretty good," he says.
"Aye kinda let the old man's gae to hell."
Given his Scottish background, it is perhaps not beyond reason that such an
isolated man might have some interest in golf, but Duncan MacPherson's
attachment to the game has, according to his neighbors, exceeded good sense.
He has six fully landscaped golf holes carved into what was once a rolling
pasture and he spends the majority of his time changing, improving, planting
and grooming these into magnificent reproductions of the finest holes in
Scottish golfing history: The Road Hole at St. Andrews; Brae at Carnoustie;
the 4th at Royal Dornach; the Postage Stamp at Royal Troon; the 6th at
Machrihanish and Hogan's Alley at Carnoustie.
Now he has written a book about golf, The Secret History of Golf in
Scotland, which he claims is part oral tradition, part legend and part
Duncan MacPherson has also
written two poetry books, now long out of print, published through
Wheatland Press in Grand Forks, ND.
"Mr. MacPherson and the editors of this book, Gary Goodman and Mark Ziegler, have turned the usually "stuffy" subject of golf on its head.
Easily one of the most humorous and refreshing stories I have read in quite some time."--Amazon
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