Book Review: A Nasty Bit of Rough

by Roy M. Barineau, Ph. D. on March 30, 2011

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Book Review: A Nasty Bit of Rough

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David Feherty, A Nasty Bit of Rough, New York: Rugged Land, LLC, 2002

David Feherty is a former tour player, a contributor to Golf Magazine, a CBS Sports reporter, and an author.  In A Nasty Bit of Rough, Feherty fictionally creates a Scottish rivalry between Scrought’s Wood, the world’s oldest golf club, and the Tay Club, home of the McGregor clan.  Every fifty years, the Scrought’s Wood club battles it out with the Tay club for an extremely valuable relic, the petrified middle finger of St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland.  The fifty-year match, on this occasion, is held at Scrought’s Wood, and the nine remaining members play well enough to claim “The Digit,” as the trophy is called.  The McGregors, however, steal “The Digit,” and the theft requires another match at the Tay club.

A Nasty Bit of Rough is a genuinely funny golf book.  Admittedly, the humor is rather raunchy, but there are many laugh-out-loud moments.  If readers like bawdy, bizarre, silliness, they will enjoy A Nasty Bit of Rough.  Since I enjoy that kind of humor, I am awarding a full sleeve of balls. (I wonder what Feherty would say about his book earning a set of balls).

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