• Two Years in St. Andrews

  • Two Years at Home on the Old Course
  • By: George Peper
  • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 17-07-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (13 ratings)

Summary

The Old Course at St. Andrews is to golfers what St. Peter's is to Catholics or the Western Wall is to Jews: hallowed ground, the course every golfer longs to play - and master. In 1983 George Peper was playing the Old Course when he hit a slice so hideous that he never found the ball. But in looking for it, he came across a For Sale sign on a stone town house alongside the famed eighteenth hole. Two months later he and his wife, Libby, became the proud owners of 9A Gibson Place.
In 2003 Peper retired after twenty-five years as the editor in chief of Golf magazine. With the younger of their two sons off to college, the Pepers decided to sell their house in the United States and relocate temporarily to the town house in St. Andrews. And so they left for the land of golf - and single malt scotch, haggis, bagpipes, television licenses, and accents thicker than a North Sea fog. While Libby struggled with renovating an apartment that for years had been rented to students at the local university, George began his quest to break par on the Old Course.
Their new neighbors were friendly, helpful, charmingly eccentric, and always serious about golf. In no time George was welcomed into the local golf crowd, joining the likes of Gordon Murray, the man who knows everyone; Sir Michael Bonallack, Britain's premier amateur golfer of the last century; and Wee Raymond Gatherum, a magnificent shotmaker whose diminutive stature belies his skills.For anyone who has ever dreamed of playing the Old Course - and what golfer hasn't? - this book is the next best thing. And for those who have had that privilege, Two Years in St. Andrews will revive old memories and confirm Bobby Jones's tribute, "If I were to set down to play on one golf course for the remainder of my life, I should choose the Old Course at St. Andrews."
©2006 Kevin Pappas (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-01-18

Terriible

The narrator's voice was hard to relax with.
And the story just didn't suit I sent the book back pretty sharpish

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ian on 07-09-16

Great story, shame about the accents!

An interesting account of adaptation to a new life. Not sure that a non-golfer would enjoy the read so much as a great deal of golf centric language is in evidence.

If it wasn't for the narrator's frankly awful attempts at Scottish and English accents, I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Ronald on 30-07-15

New title: I'm George Peper, and I'm Sooooo Important

The first third of this book was good, because it was all about St Andrews and the life they were experience. Then it turns into George Peper telling us just how important he is, how all the clubs want him, all the people he knows, how he stayed in Jack Nicklaus' home. Real letdown.

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2 out of 5 stars
By David on 08-07-16

Name dropping at its finest

If you are into a listen just dripping with utter pomposity, then by all means...just constant name dropping mixed with sanctimony over the top.
Don't waste your money.

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