On Being a Hack Golfer
At any given moment in time, as the world turns, millions of men and women are hacking, duffing, topping and shanking golf balls on resort courses and goat tracks from Pebble Beach to Pratt's Bottom.
Mulligan documents a single, glorious spring week in the golfing lives of three such hacks in their quest for the inaugural Coolum Cup on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Long-term mates and the keepers of each other's most intimate secrets, they pick and plod their way across numerous courses during their annual 'away' tour, carrying the heavy bag towards mid-life and an uncertain future.
Who will lift the dung-shaped cup? Will Farquharson utilise his famous stroke-reducing pencil on his scorecard? Will the tech-savvy Dog stay off his mobile phone long enough to hit the longest drive in history? And who, in a threesome built on trust and old fashioned Australian mateship, will sneak the first mulligan?
For the first time Mulligan takes you into the inner-sanctum of hackdom, reveals what is really spoken inside the mannered citadel of the golf course, and exposes the often hilarious, often heartbreakingly sad architecture of ordinary lives on the brink of change.
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 1st July 2007
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.2
Journalist and writer, Matthew Condon was born in Brisbane and has lived in the UK, Germany and France. His first book, The Motorcycle Cafe , was widely reviewed and praised. Usher and The Ancient Guild of Tycoons were both shortlisted for the NBC Banjo Award for Fiction. A Night at the Pink Poodle and The Lulu Magnet won back-to-back Steele Rudd Awards for Short Fiction. His bestseller , The Trout Opera was shortlisted for the Qld Premier's Prize for Fiction.