In this love letter to his father, former professional golfer Nathaniel Crosby shares memories of Bing Crosby on the golf course and the lessons he taught him about the game and about life. With a foreword by Jack Nicklaus.
"Bing Crosby was a great ambassador for our game as well as a great man," hails longtime friend and golf partner Jack Nicklaus. The beloved singer and star was also an extraordinary teacher who instilled an abiding passion and mastery of the game in his youngest son, Nathaniel. Winning the US Amateur at 19, Nathaniel went on to compete in high-level professional tournaments for his entire life.
In 18 Holes with Bing, Nathaniel introduces us to the Bing Crosby he and his family knew - not the beloved singer who played golf but a golfer who sang to pay his country club dues. Nathaniel shares exclusive stories about this American icon golfing, working, and playing with some of the most famous people in history - royalty, titans of industry, stars of stage and screen, and champions of the green, including Bob Hope, Dwight Eisenhower, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Louis Armstrong. At the book's heart is an intimate account of a father and a son - how a mutual love of golf formed an exceptional emotional bond.
Full of anecdotes, vignettes, and recollections of Bing's time on the course, the tournaments he created and later sponsored, and the constant encouragement he showed his son, 18 Holes with Bing honors this celebrated golfer, entertainer, and father and illuminates his life as never before.
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The content should have been enough to be make it enjoyable, but maybe Nathaniel is not very good at telling stories and maybe Strege couldn't get much out of him. Hope it paid well.
Read Mark Frost and write like that.
Pretty good. It's not his fault.
I regret making this my monthly selection.
- Joseph M. Romero