This is the sort of expensive specialized book that golfers and their galleries- in the upper luxury brackets- will want. Golf clubs with sporting libraries should buy it. But the man in the street, to whom golf is a week-end game on a public course, or an evening on a miniature course, or a snatched afternoon in the suburbs now and then, will find it too broad in scope for his interest. In other words, don't expect to snare the reputed 5 million devotees...In chatty good sporting journalese style, the author follows the years from 1888 when a foursome in Yonkers launched the St. Andrews course project, to 1948, with American golfers, amateur and professional, supreme in the international field. He divides the years into five periods:- I- when golf was launched, and a few top notchers emerged,- Travis, Travers, Vardon; II- the period when Ouimet and Chick Evans made golfing a major sport; III- the Bobby Jones era, with Hagen and Sweetser very much in the picture; IV- Gene Sarazen and Lawson Little contribute their records; V- today's golfers, including Byron Nelson and Sam Snead. Throughout the story, the changing pattern of golf, the organizations, the matches, the championship contests, women in golf, golf equipment, country clubs, courses, rules and regulations- in fact everything pertaining to golf in America is given full play.