Can one golfer play 600 holes between Los Angeles and New York over just four days?
LinkedGolfers Member and career sportswriter Jim Ducibella’s new book King of Clubs: The Great Golf Marathon of 1938 tells the story of a remarkable Depression-era golf bet that’s hard to fathom even after you’ve put the book down. The bet–accepted by 32-year-old stockbroker Smitty Ferebee–requires the golfer to play 600 holes in eight cities between New York and Los Angeles, in FOUR DAYS.
I have shared the new book with several friends who all agree that Ducibella has created an enjoyable, well-crafted story–a refreshing love-for-the-game tale that departs from the, ahem, industry-standard of almost exclusively devoting paper to books allegedly written by golf’s biggest names. Author Jim Ducibella has shined the spotlight on a piece of real history that very easily could have been permanently lost.
Ducibella’s writing is masterful in that it never draws attention away from the subject or the colorful characters. King of Clubs is a short book by design, paced much like the story itself–once it starts it ramps up to full speed and only stops moving at the last period on the final page. The book’s publisher, Potomac Books, deserves to be lauded for taking something of a risk to add flavor to our golf library.