Forgive Us Our Press Passes:
The History of the Association of Golf Writers
The cross-country nature of golf has always meant that its writers, while maintaining their own style, develop a dependency on each other for shared information, because nobody can be everywhere at once. But with this reliance comes a comaraderie that has its roots in the shared experiences of dramas both on and off the course; of missed planes, dreadful hotels (some exquisite ones too), varied diets from Spain to Thailand; of confrontations with touchy performers over some written piece that has caused offence; of laptops or phones that misbehave at the wrong moment. And yet whatever the crisis, the prose invariably flows fluently and the copy arrives on time. This book offers an insight into the world in which golf writers – Bernard Darwin, Henry Longhurst, Pat Ward-Thomas, Peter Dobereiner, Herb Warren Wind and many others – have worked down the years and up to the present day. And it offers the verdict of some great players – Arnold Palmer, Sir Michael Bonallack – on the golf writing fraternity, who are really just fans with the incredible good fortune of getting paid to watch their favourite sport.