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An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls and Looping on the Old Course par [Horovitz, Oliver]
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Revue de presse

"This poignant, funny memoir by Oliver Horovitz, a Harvard student who finds his calling on the Scottish links, is an intriguing tour of life at the world's most celebrated course."

“With the energy and joy of youth, he describes his ‘gap year’…His interaction with the group of ‘pretty’ university girls, deemed ‘Model Caddies,’ is wondrous…Horovitz shares his deeply felt memories of golf, girls, and the academy boldly, never taking himself too seriously or being irreverent about the caddie tradition on the time-honored Old Course links.”
Publishers Weekly

“In this breezy memoir, the younger brother of a Beastie Boy spills insider tales about looping and living in St. Andrews…the characters—bitter old caddies, the author’s university pals and his 83–year–old uncle—are lovable. So, too, are Horovitz's yarns, which feature late–night antics in the Old Toon and a round caddying for Seinfeld creator Larry David.”
Golf Magazine

"A must read."

"Anyone looking for a good read should look no further than An American Caddie in St. Andrews."

"An utterly absorbing, affectionate, and funny narrative of his halcyon days in St. Andrews.  I loved his memoir so much I lingered over it, relishing my own memories of that mysteriously captivating town, historic links, and addictive Scottish game, and I recommend Ollie's book to those who've either already walked in the footsteps of Old Tom Morris or have a visit to the home of golf on their bucket list."
—Ron Hansen, author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

"Oliver Horovitz is a writer to watch. Even if you don't play golf you will enjoy the Ring Lardner style of Ollie's An American Caddie in St. Andrews. The book has great characters and a wonderful sense of being a fish out of water.
—Michael Douglas

“This is a story you have to read before your next bogey. Oliver has his priorities spot on!” 
—Gary McCord

"An American Caddie in St. Andrews is a funny, charming, coming-of age tale about golf and life ... Horovitz is a gifted writer, and an engaging storyteller ... and he can read putts!"
—Huey Lewis

"While exposing the insular world of the St. Andrews caddie, Oliver Horovitz discovers a good deal of truth about golf, golfers, and himself. A terrific read. Recommended."
—Curt Sampson, author of The War By the Shore

Présentation de l'éditeur

Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2014

After finishing high school in New York, Oliver Horovitz was accepted to Harvard University. But there was a problem; he couldn't start until the following year. With time on his hands and a long-standing love of golf, the solution was obvious: a gap year at the University of St. Andrews, alongside the iconic Old Course, known around the world as 'the home of golf'.

At the end of term, Ollie joined the St. Andrews caddie trainee programme and spent the summer lining up at the caddie shack, looping two, sometimes three, rounds a day, with the notoriously gruff veteran caddies. And so began an adventure that would change his life in unexpected ways.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 338 pages
  • Editeur : Elliott & Thompson (3 juin 2014)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Real Thing 30 mars 2013
Par Dean M. Pollock - Publié sur
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Especially for the golfer, but even for anyone else, this is a most enjoyable book with several special themes. It is written lightheartedly autobiographically about a young American New Yorker trying to fit in with the caddies at St. Andrews, and thereby describes the unique world of the caddie shack, the relationship between caddies and players, and the various hilarious situations that occur in this most intense, obsessive, frustrating and patently ridiculous sport. The caddie is part teacher, part juggler, part psychiatrist, part weatherman, and part burro - performing at all hours of the day, in any clime, with a smile on his face and a wry comment, all while working for tips.
But this book is much more than that. It describes the magic of playing at the birthplace of golf (no golfer who hasn't been there can appreciate it) as well as the fanaticism of the golfer (Ollie is a good one himself). It is also a coming of age story about an engaging and enterprising young man: about his growing up and finding out what is important in life. We follow along with Ollie as he resists the temptation to follow the herd in an Ivy League environment (Horovitz attends Harvard when not caddying), experiences relationships with women, and touchingly appreciates a family relationship with an elderly Scottish uncle, among much else.
Disclaimer: I am a lifelong golfer who has played lots of places. My only trip to Scotland was in July 2012, and my caddie was this refreshing young New Yorker. In person, he is true to the engaging protagonist of this book. He made the round truly special, as any good caddie can. If you play golf, if you have ever played the Old Course, if you have ever had a caddie carry your bag and can appreciate it, if you enjoy reading at all, buy this book.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Beautiful, Thoughtful, Funny, Warm Piece of Writing: One Of My Favorite Books EVER! 28 mars 2017
Par David Hall - Publié sur
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This is a beautiful story. That old cliche', "I laughed, I cried, I couldn't put it down"? It applies perfectly to "An American Caddie in St. Andrews". If you've already made the bucket list pilgrimage to The Old Course at St. Andrews, or like me it's on the near horizon, this is a must-read non-fiction work. It's captivating from the first page to the last. Author Oliver Horovitz poured his heart and soul into his tale of how an 18 year old New Yorker grew into a very special individual. (That's my assessment, by the way, not his!)

I'm a long time golfer, and will be starting my caddie career this summer at age 63. This book has inspired me to shake off any self-doubt, and take advantage of this opportunity. While I won't be caddying at The Old Course, I WILL be looping at a premier links-style course in the Pacific Northwest. I plan to keep Ollie Horovitz's 'lessons learned' in mind as I also try to become a good, competent caddie, worthy of my bib! But "An American Caddie in St. Andrews" is so much more than a guide for prospective caddies; it should be required reading for high school juniors and seniors who haven't yet determined their path forward. It'll help many of them put things like college majors, relationships, and career goals into perspective. It is indeed that good.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brought back memories. 24 avril 2013
Par Keith Dunkelbarger - Publié sur
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Oliver's book brought back memories of my college life from the 60's and my trip to Scotland in 1999 with my college golf teammates from 1968. We played Carnoustie, the Old Course, Jubilee, the New Course and putted on the Himalayas. Meeting the caddies and being invited to join them during the early mornings in the basement of the Dunvegan Hotel to hear their stories was priceless. We asked them where they drank coffee in the morning and they replied "Coffee" and laughed at us. They said "scotch is what we drink". We also met Tip Anderson and sat with him. Our caddies liked us and we laughed a lot. When we got to the 11th, they told us the yardage and we all hit the green in regulation. Before we left the tee one caddie said "you know we had a group from Chicago two weeks ago that were not nice to us, they even talked down to us, so we gave them the distance as 150 and got three of them in the bunker". We loved it. Thanks Oliver for the heartwarming story of your Uncle Ken and the wonderful stories about the other caddies. If you want to meet our golf team, go to youtube and look up ForeSycamores.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pure golfing pleasure, but wait, there's more ... a lot more 29 octobre 2014
Par D. Bancel - Publié sur
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I liked this book on so many levels. Really fookin liked. Initially, Having made the pilgrimage to St Andrews, I loved reliving it from an insider's perspective. But this book has a lot more to offer. It's a wonderful coming of age story. It's very touching tribute to his great uncle Ken and a lesson on growing old gracefully. I loved the descriptions of the town itself and the people and their golf and gardening centric lives. It's well written and the tense and style really keep it moving along. I was sorry to finish it. Well played Ollie. Very well played!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining and Insightful 31 juillet 2013
Par Dave C. - Publié sur
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Lying within the inner sanctum of the Royal & Ancient, is the heart of the St. Andrews golfing experience.... the caddie. Ollie's experiences on and off the course shows us the private life of a caddie at the most hallowed course in the world, proving that they are more than someone to clean your clubs or a strong back to carry your bag.

His stories will make you feel like a kid again, and wish you had taken a similar path combining a love of golf, hanging out with friends, and building relationships with your family and co-workers that will last a lifetime. He grows from a disrespected American kid into an esteemed member of the Scottish caddie society and makes us laugh along the way with his stories of caddying, growing up, relationships, and golf.

A lighthearted and insightful book that I couldn't put down, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and can't wait to tee it up at St. Andrews.
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