To the Linksland (30th Anniversary Edition) (Hardcover)

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To the Linksland (30th Anniversary Edition) (Hardcover)


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Bamberger together with his newly wed wife headed to Europe to explore the wide world of golf, first as a caddie on the European Tour before landing in Scotland. There he fell under the spell of one of the most interesting and intriguing teachers of the game. To the Linksland is a great read for first time readers and for those who enjoyed this book years ago.

— Andy

One of the greatest and most beloved golf books ever written is triumphantly back in print—“a cause for celebration” (The Wall Street Journal)—with a new introduction by Golf in the Kingdom author Michael Murphy, a new afterword, and never-before-seen photographs.

Thirty years (and counting!) after publication, To the Linksland still enthralls readers who pick it up for the first time—or return to the book for the sheer pleasure of it.

In 1991, Michael Bamberger, a newspaper sportswriter, gave up his apartment, took a leave of absence from his job and his life, and, joined by his newlywed wife, set off to explore the wide world of golf. Bamberger’s first step in this madcap golfing adventure was to become a caddie on the European golf tour, where he encountered the game’s most dynamic players up close and personal, including golf’s greatest artist, Seve Ballesteros. Crisscrossing the Continent with his bride, Bamberger caddied for a true original, Peter Teravainen, a Yale-educated golfer with a workingman’s spirit and a knack for making brilliant, on-the-spot observations about the game (“Good shots must come in groups of two”). Over the course of one unforgettable year, Bamberger caddied in the national championships of Portugal, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, and, finally, Scotland, golf’s ancestral home. Once there, Bamberger fell under the spell of one of golf’s great teachers and thinkers, John Stark.

To the Linksland is the captivating memoir of Bamberger’s golfing pilgrimage/extended honeymoon. From an all-night caddie bus on the back roads of southern Europe to Stark’s secret six-hole course in the Scottish Highlands, Bamberger takes you on a journey into the heart of golf. This thirtieth-anniversary edition of Bamberger’s classic, lyrical tale of discovery is bookended with a new introduction by Michael Murphy and a new afterword by Bamberger, with a trove of new photographs in between. Gloriously back in print, To the Linksland is a “great book for your golfing soul” (Golf Monthly).
Michael Bamberger was born in Patchogue, New York, in 1960. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982, he worked as a newspaper reporter, first for the (Martha’s) Vineyard Gazette, later for The Philadelphia Inquirer. After twenty-two years at Sports Illustrated, he is now a senior writer at He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Christine.
Product Details ISBN: 9781668020586
ISBN-10: 1668020580
Publisher: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: March 19th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English
“Since its publication in 1992, Michael Bamberger’s To the Linksland has enjoyed a cult status among golfers. This new edition—with a foreword by Golf in the Kingdom author Michael Murphy, an afterword by Mr. Bamberger, and (for the first time) photographs—is a cause for celebration. . . . To read the book again, or for the first time, is to be reminded of what the game offers beyond numbers on a scorecard.” —John Paul Newport, Wall Street Journal

“This is one of those golf books that you have to read. It’ll put you under its spell, draw you into its world, and rekindle your enthusiasm for the game. It’s been doing that for the past three decades for readers, and I’m sure it will continue to do it for many more decades. . . . I highly recommend that you get yourself a copy.”
—Garrett Morrison, The Fried Egg podcast

“One of the best golf travel books ever written . . . The book reminds us that the game of golf has many treasures yet to be discovered.”
—Michael Murphy, author of Golf in the Kingdom

“Lyrical and inspired . . . A lovely book that will stand with the classics of the game.” 
Kirkus Reviews

“For those who like golf, this adventure may bring happy tears to their eyes. Bamberger’s a great partner throughout an incredible tour.” 
The Seattle Times

“His was a marvelous journey, and we are privileged to share it. . . . [The book] deserves not only recognition but sustained praise.” 
The Sporting News

“There are writers who reduce ideas and there are writers who expand them. [Bamberger] is one of the latter.” 
Golf Digest

“Enormously appealing . . . a diamond.” 
The Madison Courier (Wisconsin)

“A great book for your golfing soul from a journalist who remains at the top of his game to this day.” 
—Golf Monthly

“Reading Michael Bamberger’s To the Linksland was gloriously refreshing and joyously reflective of why and how we play the game of golf. If one cannot journey to the Fountainhead—the links of Scotland themselves—then absorb the true and happy golf experience through this book.”
—Ben Crenshaw


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“I just finished this one from Michael Bamberger in a day, and it’s a work of art. My love for golf comes from the challenge of playing as an amateur, not from winning tournaments or collecting prize money. 99% of you have this same relationship with the game. That’s who this book is for.”  
—Tom Brady on Instagram

The Ball in the Air tells the golf-related tales of three decidedly non-high-profile figures . . . Linking these tales is Mr. Bamberger’s own story and his conviction that golf has much to teach when we open ourselves to the game’s deepest, most subtle nature—the unexpected emotions, the ‘odd and beautiful playing fields,’ the intimate bonds that form among both friends and strangers. The pleasure of The Ball in the Air is like that of an ordinary golf round. . . . Mr. Bamberger’s abiding love is for golf as it is experienced by everyday people.”  
—John Paul Newport, Wall Street Journal

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