A Wee Nip at the 19th Hole

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A masterful celebration of one of golf’s great time-honoured traditions – the St Andrews caddie – written by the Caddie Manager at the historic St Andrews Old Course and a former caddie himself.

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.

In his evocative and fascinating book, 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’.

It’s a remarkable treasure trove of intriguing insights into the social history of caddies interspersed with timeless anecdotes and vivid feature articles.

With legendary characters such as ‘Trap Door’ Johnson, Stumpie Eye and ‘Poot’ Chisholm (‘With good porridge and a wee nip, you’re all right for life’), A Wee Nip takes the reader back to the roots of the game, reliving a host of cherished memories along the way.

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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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‘An evocative look at the role that caddies played in shaping the centuries-old game’
Associated Press

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