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Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  782 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
Golfers and non-golfers alike will be moved by the powerful transformation that takes place in Golf's Sacred Journey.

This book is about influence. The story is based on thousands of athletes the author has counseled, and the great mentors and teachers from whom he has learned, told through the lives of two characters—a rancher with a passion for teaching truth and a young
Paperback, 157 pages
Published 2006 by Sacred Journey Stories
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Apr 04, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspiration, fiction
I first saw the movie "Seven days at the links of Utopia" - Starring Robert Duvall - LOVED it... It's a soul searching - movie with strong spiritual undertones... Next I watched the clip they had on the internet about the project and then listened to a couple of sermons by the author David L. Cook... So then I got the book... Different from the movie - but very good... A bit more golf detail (and I'm not a golfer) so not as gripping - but the overall experience would rank a 4 for me... I love bo ...more
Jun 27, 2010 Kyle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book regarding perspective on golf (and life in general) but the last few chapters shoe-horn religion into to story in a way that left me a bit unsatisfied; I felt that the message would have been better served without it.
Sep 15, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Sam
I read this book because Sam read it and told me I should read it and that it would make me cry. And, to some extent, I did enjoy reading something that Sam enjoyed reading. Perhaps if I were a man, or a pilot, or into golfing or fishing, I would have liked it more. Unfortunately, I am none of those things.

Man, though. With this coming right after terrible Pioneer Woman debacle, I am in a reading rut. I need something great!
Dec 30, 2011 Yogilee rated it liked it
This is a golfers story, and one with heart. My husband, The Golfer would give it 5 stars and has recommended it to everyone. I enjoyed the Texas Hillcountry scenery, the down home wisdom, and the lessons for life. I would have enjoyed it more with less golf. There are a few gems I plan to take into my life....that is quite a lot for a little book...maybe it deserves an extra star.
Jul 07, 2011 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hate Golf, so it was challenging in that respect. when i started to think of it as an allegory rather than a "golf story" I liked it much better and felt like it actually said something to me about growing, changing,and faith.
Sep 23, 2008 Megan rated it it was amazing
I was asked to read this book. I hate being told to read a book because I find something wrong with it right away. There was a lot of golf talk that I didn't get. But, this book amazed me! It was an easy read and I got a lot out of it! I would HIGHLY recommend it to everyone!!!!
Oct 30, 2009 Tim rated it liked it
Decent book - good story, interesting ideas. A little light on the plot and significance of the main character. He was a bit shallow and not really worth rooting for. The Johnny character was appropriately mysterious.
Mark Parrish
The most amazing golf book I have ever read! Loved the story, message and how your spiritual aspect of golf was a big part of the Main characters renewal in golf.
Benjamin Liang
Sep 15, 2013 Benjamin Liang rated it it was amazing
Thought provoking. I did not know this book would have opened up my heart, unlocking things that i have once possessed (but have gone "lost" in the process of growing up). This is unlike other faith-related book. In fact, i didn't know this book has anything to do with faith. I just bought it on Amazon, read the description and gone through a couple of reviews and then i started reading it. Many of us, believer & non-believers a like, are still trapped in the "lies". I'm deeply amazed and im ...more
Taylor Oehrlein
Sep 03, 2015 Taylor Oehrlein rated it it was amazing
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Lukas Stauderman
Jun 02, 2013 Lukas Stauderman rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite book of all time, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days in Utopia, by David Lamar Cook. As a sports fan and occasional golfer, I got a lot out of this book. A amateur player, trying to make a name for himself on the tour, Luke Chisolm undergoes struggles during the last hole of a tournament, as he chokes and shoots a 14 on the final hole, finishing the round with an 80, loosing the round and does not earn an invitation into the tournament event. Afte ...more
Nov 13, 2011 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Golf's Sacred Journey is a wonderful story connecting disciplines of golf with faith in God. I feel like the greatest tool that Cook displays in this story is superior knowledge of his subject matter. In this story the reader will learn about golf, fly-fishing, country life and many other things. I have very little knowledge of fly-fishing or country life, but I know a little about golf having worked at a golf course and living with a father who has been golfing since before I was born, and it i ...more
Alan Livingston
Jul 05, 2013 Alan Livingston rated it liked it
Shelves: golf-fiction
While this is at its roots a golf story, if you're not comfortable with spiritual introspection, you may want to skip this book. High marks for the viewpoint of a golfer and what that entails, and certainly for legitimacy of a Texas-centered tale. You'll find none of today's typical Texas-equals-moron flavor (although I admit they exist), but there is a genuine feel for the territory. This part of the world is familiar to this alumnus of the University of Texas in Austin, to the point I can almo ...more
Matt Murphy
Jun 10, 2010 Matt Murphy rated it liked it
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Dottie Parish
Apr 18, 2013 Dottie Parish rated it it was amazing
Seven Days in Utopia is a profound book that can enhance your golf game and also your life. A friend loaned the book to my husband who read and enjoyed it. The title and plot intrigued me. So I opened the book and read it all - though I am not a golfer, nor have ever played golf! There is great wisdom in this book. The story is about a professional golfer devastated by his disastrous play at a recent tournament. He meets an unusual rancher and owner of a small driving range and golf course in Ut ...more
Erin Payseur
Jan 26, 2016 Erin Payseur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not a golfer, and I had plans to give this book to a friend of mine. I picked it up just thinking I would give it a quick glance; I didnâ??t put it back down. This book was just what I needed, when I needed it. It went straight to the heart of what I had been struggling with â?? this pressure to perform, the fear of failure, the lack of balance and rhythm than was missing from my life. It reminded me to look at the bigger picture, the larger perspective of my life and the significance I wan ...more
Very good book. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was passionate about golf, however it was not inaccessible to a non-golf aficionado. My knowledge of the sport is very limited, but that didn't keep me from getting something out of this book. The principles directly applied to golf translate into any competitive endeavor, and general life as well. I am passionate about baseball, and this story is a good reminder about perspective and prioritization. One of the coolest things about this b ...more
Feb 10, 2017 William rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
meh but got really preachy at the end and started to read like it was trying to sell me something.
Aug 22, 2014 Trevor rated it it was amazing
This book is perfect for every athlete as It shows you the perspective or what we've been through and how we aren't in full control of our sports affecting our lives. The book is about a golfer who has hit an all time low and can't get back up from it. He travels to a small town in Texas desperate to catch a break, and he ends up learning a lesson of a life time. He gets his life back on track as well as heals others along the way. Its a great book everyone can relate to and it has a very good c ...more
Apr 19, 2012 Courtnie rated it liked it
Recommended to Courtnie by: Drayton
Shelves: 2012, reviewed
My boss handed me this book to read. He rarely suggests things for me, though we talk books often. We just read really different genres.
I plodded through it slowly by reading a chapter in the bank line, or while waiting at the doctors office, wondering if I was going to get a dang thing out of it since I don't golf, fish, fly planes, or conversate with old cowboys.
But I'm glad I finished it and I probably finished it at the right time just when I needed it most. And the most surprising thing i
Jan 17, 2013 DocHolidavid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every boy plays a game reflective of the greatest game – life.

When that boy realizes that the game he enjoys has little to do with the game of life he is starting to become a man.

When the man realizes, “Life in the end will be measured by significance, not a …score. Significance will be defined by your character, relationships, values, virtues and faith, not …a score,” (P. 124) he will start to realize happiness.

When the man realizes that truth is a person not a concept he will be happy.
And t
Matt Holbrook
Aug 25, 2012 Matt Holbrook rated it really liked it
A little more religious than I would have liked but never the less a good read.

Golf tournament play in relation to the SFT 'see, feel, trust' can be sufficiently explained and demonstrated without the need for Jesus, Simon and the deciples. Obviously the author is a very religious Christian, but there were many times when I felt that the religious teachings of thie book were unnecessary.

As a decent golfer though, I feel that the SFT can work well for me in competitive play

If you golf competitiv
Apr 07, 2013 Elspeth rated it it was ok
I don't play golf and so never would have chosen this book. That being said I was still able to enjoy the book. I liked the theme of there is more to life than your profession. As well as things are interconnected.
The end of the book was a little bit of a surprise when it turned into a born again come to Jesus book complete with a website, conventions and products to buy. I definitely did not like that the end of the book is on their website rather than in the book. It lost a star for that. I d
I read this because it is one of the books my son, a rising HS Sophomore had to read this summer and it looked interesting. I am not a golfer so much of the terminology went over my head but the main point of the book was wonderful and I think very applicable to anyone in getting their life goals back on track and remembering why we do things in the first place. I think it will be very good for my son to read has he hopes to play college baseball.
Steven Hawk
Sep 02, 2010 Steven Hawk rated it really liked it
I'm not a big golfer, but I enjoyed this book immensely.

I was hooked from page one by the writing and shared in the protagonist's journey -- not only to the small town of Utopia, but also in his journey for awareness. He begins the story as a broken man, defeated by his own doing and completely lacking of any functional internal compass. By the end he's whole, focused and in charge of his own destiny. It was a great read and I loved every minute of it!
Baljeet Panaich
Aug 20, 2013 Baljeet Panaich rated it really liked it
This is a book that explains how sports and life are connected. As in life, even in sports it helps to work in the right direction with the right mind. The book recounts the story of a golfer who has lost his game and is running away in disappointment. He reaches this place called Utopia where he learns where he went wrong. This book easily makes a point without making it too exhaustive and complex. A great read..
Tim Owens
Having read many books about golf, I found Golf 19s Sacred Journey a rehash of how to improve your game. The chapter titled Tradition vs Truth explains the principle behind face on putting and then leads you to a web site where you can buy a face on putter. The lessons used to enhance your game were excellent. I found the mixing of religion with golf a turn off. The book is an easy read and stimulating.
Mrs. Tongate
Sep 30, 2011 Mrs. Tongate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
A very inspirational read packed full of wisdom. "SFT.". See it, Feel it, Trust it. Then, "See Him, Feel Him, Trust His Love.". I loved this read. A great Bible study book for men or inspirational read for sports fans. Be the Johnny and where have all the Johnny's gone? I could read again down the road as a reminder to " SFT" Him in my daily walk. Loved Johnny and his wisdom! Great gift book!
Jerry Fultz
Jul 24, 2011 Jerry Fultz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciated this simple, little book. The simple, memorable instruction has helped me find peace with my game and restored a lot of enjoyment to my game.

I recommend this to anyone that's struggling with the mental aspect of the game. If you're lost in the sea of advice and swing mechanics, I'd encourage you to put all that aside & pick up this book.

Here's to finding your own swing.

See it, feel it, trust it.
Ben Margraves
I actually have this book on CD and I would listen to it in my truck. This book is about a struggling young professional golfer who breaks down in Utopia, TX. The one man in town who helps him out has a past very similar to his and shows him how to get what has been lost back before he gives up on it all. This book was also made into a movie that was just a fair perspective on this novel. I think I will put this one back in the truck to start again.
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David Cook is one of the country's top Peak Performance coaches and seminar leaders. He served as "Mental Training Coach" for the San Antonio Spurs from 1996–2004 that included two World Championships. David received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 1980. He completed his Ph.D. in Applied Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Virginia in 1984. He is married to K ...more
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