The Downhill Lie
A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport.In the summer of 2005, Carl Hiaasen picked up a golf club again for the first time in thirty-two years. He was not the best of players in 1973, and the intervening decades had not been kind to his physique. Undeterred, and weighed down by an increasing accumulation of golf gadgetry acquired from unscrupulous corporations who can see a sucker coming, Carl was soon shanking his way around the courses of Florida, and his obsession with the sport was rekindled.
The Downhill Lie (UK title: Fairway to Hell) is the hilarious account of Carl Hiaasen’s love-hate relationship with unruly drivers, temperamental putters and all the many hazards of the golf course – local wildlife included. Animals were, unfortunately, harmed during the making of this book. In the course of the next eighteen months, Carl’s game got better, then worse, then slightly better, then much worse again. He succeeded in drowning a golf cart in a pond, and even managed to jinx Tiger Woods.
By the time he finally summoned up the courage to compete in an actual tournament, casting aside the damage to his self-esteem, Carl realized that he was part of one big golfing family. The Downhill Lie is the ultimate tale of the trials and tribulations of the amateur golfer, and quite simply the funniest golf memoir ever written.
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