A hilarious and poignant memoir of a Harvard student who comes of age as a caddie on St. Andrews’s fabled Old Course.
In the middle of Oliver Horovitz’s high school graduation ceremony, his
cell phone rang: It was Harvard. He’d been accepted, but he couldn’t
start for another year.
A caddie since he was twelve and a
golfer sporting a 1.8 handicap, Ollie decides to spend his gap year in
St. Andrews, Scotland - a town with the U.K.’s highest number of pubs
per capita, and home to the Old Course, golf ’s most famous eighteen
holes - where he enrolls in the St. Andrews Links Trust caddie trainee
program. Initially, the notoriously brusque veteran caddies treat Ollie
like a bug. But after a year of waking up at 4:30 A.M. every morning and
looping two rounds a day, Ollie earns their grudging respect - only to
have to pack up and leave for Harvard.
There, Ollie’s new
classmates are the sons of Albania’s UN ambassador, the owner of
Heineken, and the CEO of Goldman Sachs. Surrounded by sixth generation
legacies, he feels like a fish out of water all over again and can’t
wait to get back to St. Andrews. Even after graduation, when his college
friends rush to Wall Street, Horovitz continues to return each summer
to caddie on the Old Course.
A hilarious, irresistible,
behind-the-scenes peek at the world’s most celebrated golf course - and
its equally famous caddie shack - An American Caddie in St. Andrews
is certain to not only entertain golfers and fans of St. Andrews but
also anyone who dares to remember stumbling into adulthood and finding
one’s place in the world.
8.05" l x 5.29" w x 0.79"