Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The Grand Slam
The Grand Slam by Mark Frost is for the true fan of golf and weaves a compelling story around Bobby Jones and his attempt to win every Major Golf Tournament that was open to play in 1930. I cannot imagine that there are many more who would enjoy this novel but for those fans to whom it was obviously written, the book is a grand slam. Taking you through almost every hole in major tournament play, and certainly the ones that mattered, the reader truly does feel that he is on the fairway with Jones and gets to relive his storied life on the course during his tournament years. The author does not stop at Jones' completion of the only single year Grand Slam in history but takes you deep into his twilight years, treating Jones' physcial descent with grace and respect. Frost leaves the links from time to time to place the birth of modern golf in a larger context of American History through the first World War, the Roaring Twenties, and the Great Depression. The book is not as dry as one would assume and can be a page burner, but a technical understanding of the sport is a must. 5 stars for any fan of golf history. 3 stars otherwise.