“Breathes life into history ... a remarkable achievement." - Golf Australia magazine

"A cracking little read." - The Australian.

"Bloody brilliant." - Greg Norman

A Short History of Golf

by Matt Cleary

Foreword by Greg Norman




Page Extent:208 pages

Book Size:150 x 170 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

Availability: In stock

$34.99 incl. postage & personalised message from author





A Short History of Golf is an absorbing and occasionally funny look at the seminal moments and great characters of golf through the ages. It’s about how champions inspired generations, how great matches excited the senses, how innovation evolved and changed the game. How media covered it, how people consumed it. How a great industry formed around it. Written in sports writer Matt Cleary’s conversational prose, and featuring interviews with Greg Norman, Gary Player, David Graham, Ian Baker-Finch and Scott van Pelt, to name a few, A Short History of Golf is one man’s take on how the game today came to be. Golf is – and has always been - fun, addictive, rewarding, infuriating and a few other things besides. And every player, from Old Tom Morris to young Brandon DeChambeau, shares and empathises with every other golfer’s obsession with swinging a club at a ball to a hole. Every golfer gets it. They always have.

Sports. Lifestyle. Travel. Profiles. Features. Op Ed.

About Matt

Live sports blogging. Most fun a man can have with a keyboard.

Golf Tours. The best kind.

  • Matt Cleary is a sports, travel and lifestyle writer, and contributor to: The GuardianInside Sport; The Robb Report; Rugby League Week (RIP); Big League; The RoarInside Cricket; Jetstar's in-flight; Golf AustraliaGolf Digest; NRL.com; Inside RugbySydney Morning Herald; Bleacher ReportAustralian Financial ReviewInside Golf; Luxury Travel, and several others.

  • He once spent four months driving 25,000 kilometres around Australia, for a 12-issue series of stories in Golf Digest about playing golf on a full lap of Australia.

  • He wrote a live blog for The Guardian about Jarryd Hayne's first game for San Francisco 49ers, and many people thought it was good.

  • He has written a book called "A Short History of Golf"

  • He lives on the northern beaches of Sydney, enjoys Four Pines Pale Ale, and spends as much time as conscience allows at Long Reef Golf Club.

  • He also runs golf tours because it's fun. 

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