4 out of 4 stars
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East Lake — Where Bobby Learned to Play, by Linton C. Hopkins, tells chiefly about East Lake Golf Club (which has the oldest course in Atlanta) and the several notable golfers who learned how to play golf there, particularly Bobby Jones, the master golfer, who "scored an unparalleled grand slam by winning the United States and British Open and Amateur Tournaments in 1930." Also, it unveils how the above club evolved, over 114 years, from a successful all-sport country club into a growing movement dedicated to the changing of lives of children and families.
In an engaging way, the book tells about the restoration of East Lake, while introducing the course and the game. Consisting of 243 pages, it has three parts; the first part reveals the profiles of some members of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, the second tells about the golf course itself, and the third, which the author titled "Legacy," unveils memories and stories of Bobby Jones. While revealing him to readers as a golf hero, the book highlights his personality, career, and other interests.
Written in a documentary manner, the book is well written and interesting. It's easy to read and enlightening. I commend the author for his simple and smooth-flowing writing style, as well as his ability to gather enough facts to make his book a masterpiece. Full of valuable information on the game of golf, this publication will be appreciated by fans of golf and Bobby Jones, as well as anyone who is interested in East Lake and wants to read stories about rounds of golf played there. Comprising several colored pictures, which include photos of different parts of the course and players, it's appealing.
Furthermore, the book contains extracts from certain sources and stories told by some people who played golf with Bobby or knew him off the course. Being a documentary account, some readers who do not like such a style of writing may not enjoy it. Anyway, I like it, and I have nothing negative to tell about it. Hopkins wanted to show readers the essence of East Lake Golf Club, and he succeeded in doing it very well. In addition, concerning profanity, I saw just one profane word, and there are no sexual narratives.
In conclusion, the book is well presented and inspiring. Moreover, it has some intriguing and amusing dialogues. Hence, I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I don't have a reason to give it a lower rating. Besides, it was professionally edited; I saw just one grammar error. It'll be a great read for golf lovers.
East Lake — Where Bobby Learned to Play
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