BOOK REVIEW: PAR FOR THE COURSE
During these bleak winter days, what could be better to read than a novel set around a driving range in South Carolina? This is especially true if you're a golfer or your reading tastes run toward humorous books with a little romance, as well as a great deal of common sense, thrown in. Par for the Course is all of this tied up in one book!
Chris Hackett, owner of Hack's Golf Learning Center, has quite a surprise in store for him when one of his new students, Molly Cusak, turns out to be a political spin doctor who comes up with some interesting ideas for special promotions at the driving range. Each Wednesday evening, as a “happy hour” special, Hackett's sidekick and employee, Cack, gets in his specially designed golf cart and drives around the range shouting insults at the golfers. If any of them hit the cart with their golf balls, they get a free bucket of balls. The customers love it. When Molly sees this, she immediately sees a way to expand the idea to allow all sorts of people to work out their aggressions. What follows is a funny, yet remarkably upbeat, look at human nature. Oh yes, and Chris and Molly sort of get things going between them as well.
One would think that a book with the title Par for the Course would be primarily for golfers. Not so. While this book is set at a driving range, the subtitle could easily be something along the lines of “Life Lessons Learned through Humor.” Each chapter starts with a golf tip that is altered to fit life in general. Each chapter then applies that lesson to life. All of this makes for a lighthearted, funny and sometimes very touching book. In the end, it comes down to the fact that whatever our background or beliefs, we're all human, and given the right situation, we can all get along.
REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR
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