The Mystery of Golf
Written in 1908 by a Canadian belletrist who fancied himself a golfer, this classic treatise explores man’s age-old love affair with golf – and pronounces it incurable.
Just as a careful player sizes up a putt from all possible angles, so does Haultain examine this curious game. From the physiology of the perfect swing and the psychology of a sport in which the opponent is oneself, to the peculiar brand of spirituality that leads people around eighteen holes with the promise of nothing more than “almost”.
The Mystery of Golf may not help shave strokes off your game, but its delightful meditations on why we care so much make for, as Herbert Warren Wind put it, “pure, evergreen entertainment”.
Arnold Haultain was born in India to British parents but lived most of his life in Canada, where he played golf regularly at the Toronto Golf Club. He is said to have worked very diligently for many years writing The Mystery of Golf.
“The Mystery of Golf goes to the heart of golf’s peculiar lovability and enduring fashion”
“What Izaak Walton’s ‘The Compleat Angler’ is to books on fishing, Arnold Haultain’s ‘The Mystery of Golf’ is to books on golf.”
Herbert Warren Wind
“Players concerned about a dip in form could well benefit from a read of Arnold Haultain’s witty and eloquent account.”
“A source of amusement and contemplation for aficionados of golf literature.”
“A series of meditations and musings on the fascinating, and infuriating game we all play”