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East Lake — Where Bobby Learned to Play

From the foreword by Rees Jones:

This is not the usual club history book about an old institution and its golf course. It introduces Bobby Jones, Alexa Stirling, and other amateurs first, then it invites the reader onto the course and into the game. Stories from the past and present are told, and fresh new information is given on every hole. A favorite of mine from the earlier book, the mystery story, “One Down with One to Play” still fascinates me. This book has new reflections from Bobby’s colleagues and touching stories written by former college students who kept him company in the evenings during his last few years. 

East Lake

Where Bobby Learned to Play


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Well written, with beautiful golf-course photography — I highly recommend this book.

Tom Cousins

What Tom Cousins has done at East Lake has become one of the most transformational projects in the country. Tom’s ideas are changing other cities and have become a model of community revitalization. This book is a beautiful presentation of the story of how East Lake — the home course of my boyhood hero Bob Jones — was saved. Now the East Lake Foundation is making sure that this project and its outcome will serve as a role model to influence future generations.

Jack Nicklaus

A wonderful journey through the history of venerable East Lake. It made me imagine I was sitting around a fire with Bobby and Alexa, listening to their stories.

Stewart Cink

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