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I am a New York-based writer, travel lover, and author of The Drive North and Destination Paranormal. I have several other books in the works, including fiction.

A Course Called Ireland

I had plenty of time to read with a week off for a holiday break. I definitely kept busy running around doing various family things, but was able to easily find time to read around the madness that encompassed my time off. One of the books I read, A Course Called Ireland: A Long Walk in Search of a Country, a Pint, and the Next Tee by Tom Coyne, was recommended to me by a friend over a couple of pints at the pub one night. Since high school I haven’t been much of a golfer, but he assured me I’d enjoy the book nonetheless because it was also a travel story.
The title of A Course Called Ireland is pretty self-explanatory; author Tom Coyne packs his bags and heads off to Ireland to go golfing. But it’s not just that. Coyne walks all the way around Ireland, golfing fifty-six course in the process, and writes about what happens to him along the way. He has occasional guests on his hike, both family and friends, and certainly includes them in his misadventures, both on and off the golf course.
I was a bit of a skeptic at first, despite my friend’s glowing recommendation, since I’m not a golfer like him. But, when I found the book on sale at a budget book fair for just a couple of dollars, I couldn’t pass on the opportunity. And quite honestly, I’m glad I didn’t. I loved this book from start to finish. I found it an engaging story that had me glued to the pages, although sometimes putting it down to wipe tears from my eyes because I was laughing so hard.
By reading A Course Called Ireland, I don’t think Tom Coyne convinced me to pick up the golf clubs again, but he certainly did give me a great bit of entertainment in his story. He also gave me a good lesson: a great book doesn’t always need to be something you’re directly interested in, such as golf. I loved reading this book despite its connection to golf. It was an entertaining story that helped me recall my great times in Ireland so many years ago, and as such, I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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