One Man's Quest to Play as Many Rounds of Golf as Possible. For Free.
By Steve Eubanks
(Crown, Hardcover, 9780307337436, 288pp.)
Publication Date: June 12, 2007
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Steve Eubanks lives on a golf course, spends most of his time with a golf club in his hand, and simply cannot pass a course without playing it. In Golf Freek, he chronicles his travels around the globe for the sole purpose of playing as much free golf—the operative word being free—in as many interesting places and with as many interesting people as possible. As Steve himself says, “This book is not some mystic search to find my soul through a ball-and-stick metaphor. It’s about me, the golf freek, sponging free golf. It’s a mixture of On the Road (without the booze, hookers, guns, and poverty) and Rick Reilly’s Who’s Your Caddy? (with John Daly keeping his private parts to himself).”
Along the way he tells some of the world’s greatest golf stories—funny, touching, bizarre, and sometimes personal—from his rounds with Arnold Palmer to his hole in one in the Chinese town where his daughter was born. These tales, taken together, add up to one of the most revealing books about
Steve Eubanks is a former PGA golf professional and a current golf freek. He frequently writes for national publications and has authored and coauthored many books, including I Know Absolutely Nothing About Golf, At the Turn, and The Pro (with Butch Harmon). He lives (adjacent to a golf course) in Georgia.
“I’ve met a lot of golf freeks in my day, and Steve is as freaky as they come. I’ve had the pleasure of teeing it up with Steve at exotic locales from Ireland to Palms Springs, and you can bet your life I never had to pay a cent for golf when I was with that freek. If you think most golf writers are boring eggheads, you’re right. That’s why you should read Golf Freek and witness an exception to this rule. Finding out what it is like to be the golf adventurer that Steve Eubanks is will bring you laughter, joy and especially envy. Steve’s passion for golf is very real, and Golf Freek is a great read for anyone who has dreamt of traveling the world as a golf VIP. And who has not? If you just can’t pass a golf course without a need to tee it up, you need to get to know Steve Eubanks, whose obsession for the game is matched only by the lengths he will go to avoid paying to play it.”
–Larry Olmsted, award winning golf and travel writer, the author of Golf Travel By Design, and co-author of Fairways: America’s Greatest Golf Resorts.
“If you’ve even known a golf addict (or are one), you’ll love Golf Freek. Steve Eubanks’ tale is a combination of chutzpah and hilarity; at bottom, his adventure is every real golfer’s dream.”
–Susan Reed, Editor-in-chief, Golf for Women magazine