As someone who has read all of Mr Dodson's previous writing I was, perhaps, already going to have a positive outlook to this book. Having now read it I can safely say that my confidence was not undermined. Whilst it helps to have read the earlier "Final Rounds" (a true gem) and "The Road To Somewhere" to understand Mr Dodson's position between his own father and, now, his son, it is not essential to the enjoyment of his latest effort. The story of the relationship between Jim Dodson and his son at times makes one slightly uncomfortable but, ultimately, it provides the reader with a more than satisfactory conclusion that is both heart warming and full of father-son love. I commend to anyone interested in human relationships and, if they are lucky, a shared love of golf (although this later attribute is not compulsory). As the father of 2 sons it made my eyes fill up on more than one occasion.
Tremendously easy to read and yet a lot of facts are threaded through the story of James' 'affair' with the Sandhills area. I read it before a 1 week golf tour playing many of the courses whose history is charted through the book. Pinehurst has a real history and the richness of that history comes through extremely well. As a result the village shops, restaurants, bars - as well as the golf courses and Pinehurst itself - just meant so much more - definitely a 'must read' if you are a golfer visiting Pinehurst and have any interest in knowing something about it.