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The Doonbeg Ghosts

When certified golf nut Ivan Morris and his friend James Carew (aka Tail Gunner) were young, they vowed that whichever of them made it to heaven first would somehow find a way to notify the other about the quality of golf in the after-life. Tail Gunner was first to cross the great divide – and he kept his word, appearing in a dream to reassure his friend that golf in heaven is just as it is on earth: paradoxical, frustrating and endlessly fascinating.

Then one momentous day, during a round of golf on Ireland's glorious Doonbeg course, the ghost of Tail Gunner turns up, not only to play alongside Ivan, but also to introduce him to the ghosts of some of golf's most famous and influential characters: incomparable champion Bob Jones; 'founding father' Old Tom Morris; Sir Alex Shaw, pioneer of golf in Ireland; legendary golf-course architect Dr Alister Mackenzie; and a host of other players, writers and course builders. With his other-worldly companions, Ivan travels through time to visit the great courses of Ireland and the world, along the way encountering Greg Norman, Darren Clarke, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and other leading exponents of the modern game, and all the while debating the rich subject of golf – courses and techniques, personalities and philosophy.

Humourous, thought-provoking and highly entertaining, The Doonbeg Ghosts is an affectionate tribute to this complex, multi-faceted sport by one of Irish golf's best-known and most enthusiastic addicts.

Published 1st September 2006. 144 pages, plus 8 pages of full colour photos by Photogolf, hardback, with full colour jacket.

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"Ivan Morris may be a certified golf nut but he has an enviable flair for playing golf and writing about it. He has succeeded in encapsulating the ambiance of Doonbeg perfectly. I have loved that place from the first steps I took on its soil and will continue to love it. Time is Doonbeg's greatest partner and the true barometer of where she will fit in the annals of Irish golf and for that matter links golf for years to come. " – Greg Norman – Designer of the Doonbeg links

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