Book Review: Golf is a Funny Game

by Roy M. Barineau, Ph. D. on March 14, 2011

Roybob’s Book on Golf: The Hucks, A Golfer’s Divine Comedy, and a Religious Philosophy of Golf

Book Review: Golf Is a Funny Game

Allan Zullo and Chris Rodell, Golf is a Funny Game, Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC, 2008.

Golf is a Funny Game, by Allan Zullo and Chris Rodell, is comprised of some 200 humorous golf stories, some of which are laugh-out-loud funny. One of the stories, entitled “BREW-HAHA” is actually a Huck Tale involving Joe and Ricky Bobby. Trying to prove they were not alcoholics, the two of them would give up beer for the whole month of February, a major sacrifice. Ricky Bobby had given up during a couple of previous Februarys and was determined that he would outlast Joe this time. On February 28, one more day to go, I fixed Joe up with some watered down tea poured into an empty beer can. Joe drank his tea from the beer can on the first tee; and, with a little persuasion, Ricky Bobby was convinced that he had outlasted Joe. Ricky Bobby had a few celebratory beers which were tasting wonderful up until the twelfth hole when we told him about our little ruse. Ricky Bobby was not happy with me.

One of may favorite stories in the book is entitled “GONE CLUBBING,” and it involves the Hucks’ counterparts in the Destin area of Florida. Playing the eighteenth at Shalimar Country Club, Aaron Talley was left with a wedge into the water fronted green. He hit one shot short into the water and proceeded to break his wedge over his knee. He dropped another ball and asked Harry Gates if he could borrow Harry’s wedge. Harry agreed. Talley attempted the shot again, and his ball plopped short into the lake again. In anger Talley threw the offending wedge into the middle of the lake. As the club was heading toward the lake, Harry yelled, “Hey that’s my club!” Talley responded, “If you can’t afford to play this fucking game, then don’t play it.”

I use a three-ball rating system. A one-ball award means that I regret spending my money to buy the book and my time to read it. Two balls means that I am ambivalent about spending my money and time on the book. Three balls means that I am happy I spent my money and time on the book. If you enjoy golf and laughter, you will enjoy Golf Is a Funny Game.  I am awarding it a full sleeve of balls.

Roybob’s Book on Golf: The Hucks, A Golfer’s Divine Comedy, and a Religious Philosophy of Golf

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