Let There be Pebble: A Middle-handicapper's Year in America's Garden of Golf

Let There be Pebble: A Middle-handicapper's Year in America's Garden of Golf

By: Zachary Michael Jack (author)Hardback

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It was "scary," Jack Nicklaus said of Pebble Beach, and gave him nightmares so acute he famously woke his wife on the eve of his 1972 U.S. Open victory totally spooked. "It's not a golf course," sportswriter Jim Murray wrote, "it's a hellship." Golf writer Dan Jenkins once joked that the famed venue of the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am should be dubbed "Double Bogey-by-the-Sea." A one-time failed Division One golf walk-on, Zachary Michael Jack opts to stare down an early midlife crisis by chronicling a U.S. Open year spent at Pebble Beach, object of his ailing father's fantasies and site of the nation's number one public course and its fairy-tale host town, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. There, along the blue Pacific, he traces the colorful, capricious, and comical world of golf on the Monterey Peninsula as never before via interviews with legends of the game Johnny Miller, Gary Player, and Tom Watson; with today's brightest stars-Padraig Harrington, Phil Mickelson, and Bubba Watson; and with some of its most famous celebrity linksters-actor Bill Murray, Olympic soccer star Brandi Chastain, and billionaire entrepreneur Charles Schwab. Conducting more than one hundred interviews, Jack ranges far and wide to get the scoop, talking golfing haunts with bestselling golf novelist Michael Murphy; teeing up with members of a Carmel-based worldwide golfing society devoted to mystical play; learning to play Pebble at the knee of one of the Top 50 Golf Teachers in America and with a Carmel-based journeyman pro described as "a golf savant"; and raising a cup with a lifelong Pebble Beach resident and caddy who, unbeknownst to the hackers he shepherds, is a Hall of Fame golfer. By turns hilarious, haunting, and historic, Let There Be Pebble reveals the utter uniqueness-the people, the rich history, the unforgettable setting and sporting culture-of this one-of-a-kind golfing cathedral.

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A golf writer and former newspaper sports editor, Zachary Michael Jack has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including the anthology Inside the Ropes: Sportswriters Get Their Game On, available in a Bison Books edition. He teaches literary sportswriting and seminars in sports studies as an associate professor of English at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.


1. Then God Created the Heavens and Earth, and the Carmel-by-the-Sea, and God Said, Let There Be Pebble; 2. Dark Knights, Great Whites, Dear Young Watsons, Fuzzy Memories, and Felonious Meetings of Land and Sea; 3. Bill Murray's Cinderella Story Meets Slu-dog Millionaire's; 4. Shivas Irons, the Great White Whale, and the Quest for Golf in the Kingdom of Pebble; 5. Class on the Links: Hitting the Books at Pebble's School of Hard Rocks; 6. How to Lose Your Pebble Beach Virginity in 18 So-not-easy Holes; 7. The Ballad of Bobby "Pebble Beach" Clampett and Casey "Hall-of-Fame" Boyns; 8. Where the Bodies Are Buried: The Myth of the Fifth, Touching Up the Mona Lisa, and Other Chilling Tales from Stillwater Cove; 9. Courting Dina: Links, Love, and Lust in the Garden of Eastwood; 10. Bubba Watson Tweets; Mark Brooks Smokes; Rickie Fowler Ducks Haircut; and All the Other News That's Fit to Print from Pebble's Other Pro-Am; 11. East of Eastwood: Mayors, Millionaires, (life) Mulligans, and (re)Morse; 12. Swinging in the New Year: High Balls, Catcalls, and Last Calls at Ye Olde Crosby Clambake; 13. All-Shook Up at the A T & T Pro-am: Son of Iowa Meets Tiger's Big Brother Meets Asian King of Rock and Roll Meets Hungry Godzillas; 14. We Are the Major Champions, My Friends: Pebble and Spyglass Hill on A T & T Moving Day; 15. D.J. Does Valentine's Day: Clint, Climax, and Eye-Candy at the A T & T; 16. American Idyll: Celebrity Rounds in Carmel-by-the-Sea-and-Be-Seen; 17. Hard, Brown and Out of Control: U.S. Open Performance Anxiety and Premature Tony Jacklination; 18. May the U.S. Open Winds Be Always Be at Your Back, May 17-Mile Drive Lay at Your Feet, May the Pebble Beach Rise to Meet You

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/06/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780803233577
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 352
  • ID: 9780803233577
  • weight: 671
  • ISBN10: 0803233574

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