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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.
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Well written, with beautiful golf-course photography — I highly recommend this book.
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.
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.
About the Author
Linton C. Hopkins came to East Lake in 1989 and began writing down stories he heard from Tommy Barnes and Charlie Yates. Four years later, when he told Tom Cousins he wanted to publish them with some history of the place, Tom said, If you write it, I’ll sell it. That book sold out, and this is its sequel.
Linton is a retired neurologist, and many of his patients came to see him in wheelchairs. Like Bobby Jones, they inspired him with their nobility of spirit. He lives in Atlanta with Priscilla, his wife of fifty-six years. They have two children and five grandchildren.