Follow the Wind

Follow the Wind

A NOVEL

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Welcome to The Club -- Golf's Valhalla -- where all that's necessary for admission is an intense love of the game. Here you'll watch the greatest players replay their victories...and their defeats...as they search for golf's hidden and seemingly inaccessible meaning.
Like W.P. Kinsella's Shoeless Joe -- the basis for the movie Field of Dreams -- Follow the Wind is sports fantasy at its finest and most poignant. A young man following an errant shot into the woods emerges on a totally unfamiliar golf course. The first person he encounters is the legendary Ben Hogan, feverishly practicing for something special.
As Links weaves his tale, introducing such golfing greats as Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Alister MacKenzie, and the famous nineteenth century Scottish champions Old and Young Tom Morris, he recreates the most momentous events in golfing history and captures the magic that has lured millions to the fairway. For fans of Harvey Penick's books and for everyone who has searched for inspiration on the golf course, Follow the Wind offers the satisfaction of a perfect shot that soars for the flagstick.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684815756 | 
  • April 1996
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Chapter 1

Even with the benefit of hindsight it is difficult to explain exactly how I found the place. I stumbled upon it years ago, and although the passage of time has worn down the grooves of my memory, I can still recall many of the details.

I was barely twenty years old as I threw my clubs over my shoulder and set out for Lincoln Park Golf Course, which sits on the very northwest tip of San Francisco. Lincoln is a little bit of a golf course, a mere freckle on the great body of the game. If it were a rubber band stretched to its limit, the elastic would snap at fifty-three hundred yards. That's all it is, just a kick-in putt... see more

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