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No Tie Required: How the Rich Stole Golf [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Cairns
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No Tie Required is an entertaining journey across Britain, celebrating the wonderful, eccentric and historical public courses where no club membership is required. Not for Chris Cairns the member's door and the pink gins of the 19th hole. Instead the author has sought out the country's pay-and-play courses in order to experience how non-members get their golfing fix.

Public courses in Britain come in just about every shape and size: from picturesque honesty box courses in the Highlands, to converted potato fields in Essex and over-crowded city parks in London. At all these courses there are regulars who play in all weathers and who are happy to tell their stories. Behind the author's journey - apart from the joy of playing and sharing a pint or two with the locals - is the desire to trace the history of why the game's origins have been so badly relegated in status. Today a handful of highly exclusive private members clubs seem to dominate the image of golf. Is this justified? Or is the 'them and us' approach a fiction in today's Britain?

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I enjoyed and was informed by this easy, entertaining book, and it leaves me itching to get out there again and play this maddening, addictive, alluring game (The Scotsman)

I'll say one thing for Cairns, he is clearly a man after my own heart. This delightful book proves that he is clearly besotted with one of life's supreme pleasures...the game of golf... I greatly enjoyed 'No Tie Required', Cairns has a nice eye for social and civic detail. (Graham Spiers, Scottish Review of Books)

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The joys of golfing in Britain without club membership

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 707 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (22 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JOM74AO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely entertaining read 21 Jun. 2005
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I bought this book for my father who is a keen golfer. However, before wrapping it up, I started reading the first few lines, and just had to keep reading... and reading... and reading! Though not a golfer myself, I found Cairns' book to be witty and interesting, informative without being dull. He recounts some hilarious (and some downright bizarre) incidents on his journey around the public golf courses of Britain in an engaging and conversational style.
Buy it, you won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars no tie required. 9 July 2009
THis book is excellenly written. A much needed view from a different standpoint on the growth of golf as a truly "popular"sport. The municipal course as the means for a development to classless golf. The author has a rare sense of humor which altogether makes the book a must for anyone interested in 150 years of growth in golf.

Dr. Albert L. Bloemendaal. historian (with a love for golf)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest golf book I've ever read 11 Jun. 2005
I started reading this book and could not put it down. Hilarious from the very first word, it takes you on a tour of the UK's public golf courses, and on the way, we are introduced to a selection of colourful, interesting characters.
Cairns is a wonderful writer. I look forward to his next book.
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