A Wee Nip at the 19th Hole

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For over 200 years caddies have been walking around St Andrews, the most famous piece of golfing land in the world, advising players of vastly different abilities not only on which club to take but also on the type of shot required and, most importantly on the Old Course, exactly the line on which to play. Richard Mackenzie reminds us how caddies first came to St Andrews, the way in which they have added so much to the folklore of the links and the great contribution which they have made and continue to make to the game of golf for those who visit "The Home of Golf".

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Golfers generally seek wisdom, instruction, inspiration, and sympathy from their reading on the game. A Wee Nip tees up something else: charm. A thoroughly delightful and spirited romp through the subculture of St. Andrews's caddies, it fondly chronicles how toting bags at the game's hallowed birthplace grew from the province of scoundrels--some of whom literally fell down drunk on the job--to a corps of thoroughly knowledgeable professionals. Written with flair and obvious affection by the links' current caddie manager, Richard Mackenzie, A Wee Nip at the 19th Hole is both a history and reminiscence, and, despite its wealth of photos and lore, it is a volume easily light enough to shoulder on your own.

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Steeped in history and lore, the Old Course at St. Andrews is one of the meccas of golf. And yet, of all the great stories that have been played out on what are considered the most famous eighteen holes in the game, perhaps the most fascinating of all are those told by and about the legendary St. Andrews caddie.

One of the game's most time-honored traditions, the St. Andrews caddie has become synonymous with the Old Course itself: gruff, eccentric, rough-hewn, challenging, unpredictable, sometimes frustrating, sometimes hilarious, but never duplicated.

Written by Richard Mackenzie, the current caddie manager at St. Andrews Old Course and a former caddie himself, A Wee Nip at the 19th Hole is filled with the written and oral records of some of the game's great unknown sages. The result is a masterful celebration of golf as seen through the eyes of arguably the most colorful characters the game has ever known.

As every golfer is aware, the only thing better than playing the game is talking about it. Part history, part back-nine gossip, and pure entertainment, A Wee Nip offers golfing enthusiasts the next best thing to pulling up a stool at the nineteenth hole and sharing a pint--and a tale or two--with such unforgettable figures as Old Tom Morris, Trap Door, Poot Chisholm, and Stumpie Eye. It's an experience you'll never forget.

A Wee Nip at the 19th Hole celebrates one of the most intriguing, entertaining, and time-honored traditions in golf--the St. Andrews caddie. For over two hundred years, caddies have been walking the most famous piece of golfing land in the world, advising players of vastly different abilities, not only on the club to take, but also on the type of shot required. Richard Mackenzie, Caddie Manager at the historic Old Course and a former caddie himself, brings to life some of the most legendary and colorful characters ever to walk the links in this highly readable and enjoyable book. Filled with vintage photographs and documents, A Wee Nip at the 19th Hole traces the great contribution caddies made to the game and features profiles of characters like Old Tom Morris, who has since assumed a prominent place in golf history. In fact, it was Old Tom himself who in 1864 elevated the expectations of the caddies, insisting that they "appear for work clean, and moderately sober." Old Tom was routinely disappointed, however, by a band of ragamuffins with names like "Stumpie Eye," "Trap Door," and "Boosy Chas." Reading Richard Mackenzie's tribute to the St. Andrews caddie is a little like pulling up a stool at the 19th hole and sharing a pint with these and other famous and infamous characters. -->

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