The Lay of the Land
The selections in The Lay of the Land are chosen from the best essays in the three books on golf Pat Ward-Thomas wrote. In Part I, excerpts from The Masters of Golf include telling profiles of Ben Hogan, Bobby Locke, Peter Thomson, Henry Cotton, Joe Carr, Arnold Palmer, and others who defined the era. Part II, from the Long Green Fairway, includes the story of Great Britain’s remarkable Ryder Cup victory in 1957; an overview of the distinctive (and often crucial) seventeenth holes in golf courses of the British Isles; and Ward-Thomas’s choice if he had but one course to play forever. In Part III are observations of Ben Hogan practicing, of Arnold Palmer at home, and of nine holes with Jack Nicklaus.