Review

A Son of the Game: A Story of Golf, Going Home, and Sharing Life's Lessons

by James Dodson

On Father’s Day weekend, many children will enjoy some time on the golf course with their parents. Golf is one of the few sports where moms, dads and kids can truly compete in an athletic contest. In FINAL ROUNDS, published in 1997, then-Golf Digest columnist James Dodson chronicled a golf trip to Scotland with his dying father. He later authored an outstanding biography of golfer Ben Hogan, BEN HOGAN: An American Life. He returns to the father-son relationship in A SON OF THE GAME: A Story of Golf, Going Home, and Sharing Life's Lessons, but now the relationship is viewed from a different perspective. Dodson is the father and through Jack, his teenage son, he hopes to reignite his passion for golf.

A SON OF THE GAME is a book to admire because more than anything else, it is about changing your life to accomplish your goals. Dodson at age 55 decides to abandon the deadline pressure of big city journalism and return to the small town where he grew up. Fortunately for him, that small town is Pinehurst, North Carolina, the home to one of the greatest golf venues in the world. Dodson continues his writing, but now his assignments are for The Pilot, a newspaper with a circulation of 25,000.

Jack, as one might expect from a teenager, is ambivalent about his golf game. In this part memoir and part factual account, Dodson shares with readers his passion for the game. Many will find in those anecdotes, as well as in the father-son relationship between the Dodsons, the reason why they also have come to love the game of golf.

Reviewed by on May 12, 2009

A Son of the Game: A Story of Golf, Going Home, and Sharing Life's Lessons
by James Dodson

  • Publication Date: May 12, 2009
  • Genres: Nonfiction, Sports
  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • ISBN-10: 1565125061
  • ISBN-13: 9781565125063