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The Eternal Summer: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Hogan in 1960, Golf's Golden Year

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Was there ever a year in golf like 1960?
        It was the year that the sport and its vivid personalities exploded on the consciousness of the nation, when the past, present, and future of the sport collided. Here was Arnold Palmer, the workingman's hero, "sweating, chain-smoking, shirt-tail flying"; Ben Hogan, the greatest player of the fifties, a perfectionist battling
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Paperback, 258 pages
Published October 3rd 2000 by Villard (first published 1992)
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Drew Widney
Dec 12, 2016 Drew Widney rated it liked it
Good not great. A bit disappointing. Reads like a sophomore journalism major going into nit picking detail on things useless to the main story. Unless you are a true golf history buff, I recommend "the secret of golf" instead.
Randy
Apr 03, 2011 Randy rated it liked it
A good, quick read, but after reading so many books about golf, I found this one a little disappointing; I guess because it's too short. The tournaments go by so quickly that there isn't the amount of golfing drama I've become used to. Also, Nicklaus and Hogan never really come alive in this book. Part of the reason for that, I'm suppose, is because both men are enigmas.

Palmer, however, comes off the page. He's certainly the kind of lovable, somewhat neurotic, guy we can all root for. He is one
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Gary
Jul 02, 2016 Gary rated it really liked it
This recaps the 1960 season on the PGA tour, plus the beginnings golf on TV, with Ben Hogan in the twilight of his career, Arnold Palmer in his prime, and young Jack Nicklaus as an amateur. All 3 could have won the US Open, representing a changing of the guard. Lots of golf history too.
Evan Kirby
Jul 31, 2015 Evan Kirby rated it really liked it
Fantastic read threading the careers and upbringings of possibly/probably the three greatest to ever play the game. Fun to read about the differences in the players, while they all achieved similar levels of success.
Terry
Jul 14, 2008 Terry rated it liked it
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A short overview of the 1960 professional golf season with background information on many of the "name players". Pretty sketchy but it did get me interested in reading a Palmer biography.
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Dec 04, 2011 Adam Schupak rated it it was amazing
Some wonderful anecdotes that show Sampson's reporting zeal and attention to detail. It left me wanting to know more about one of the great years in professional golf.
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Quick read. Read this a year or two ago. I enjoy golf history and this was a good one linking three of the greats.
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Curt Sampson, golf professional turned golf writer, came to golf the old-fashioned way—as a caddie. He looped for his father for a few years on summer Saturday’s, then turned pro, in a manner of speaking, at age 12, as one of the scores of disheveled boys and men in the caddie pen at Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson, Ohio. His golf game developed from sneaking on LFCC at twilight, an occasionall ...more
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