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18 Holes with Bing : Golf, Life, and Lessons from Dad
by Nathaniel Crosby and John Strege and Jack Nicklaus


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In this love letter to his father, former professional golfer Nathaniel Crosby shares memories of Bing Crosby on the golf course, and the lessons he taught him about the game and about life. With a Foreword by Jack Nicklaus.

"Bing Crosby was a great ambassador for our game, as well as a great man," hails longtime friend and golf partner, Jack Nicklaus.  Read more...


 
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Overview

In this love letter to his father, former professional golfer Nathaniel Crosby shares memories of Bing Crosby on the golf course, and the lessons he taught him about the game and about life. With a Foreword by Jack Nicklaus.

"Bing Crosby was a great ambassador for our game, as well as a great man," hails longtime friend and golf partner, Jack Nicklaus. The beloved singer and star was also an extraordinary teacher who instilled an abiding passion and mastery of the game in his youngest son, Nathaniel. Winning the US Amateur at nineteen, Nathaniel went on to compete in high-level professional tournaments for his entire life.

In 18 Holes with Bing, Nathaniel introduces us to the Bing Crosby he and his family knew--not the beloved singer who played golf, but a golfer who sang to pay his country club dues. Nathaniel shares exclusive stories about this American icon golfing, working, and playing with some of the most famous people in history--royalty, titans of industry, stars of stage and screen, and champions of the green, including Bob Hope, Dwight Eisenhower, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Louis Armstrong. At the book's heart is an intimate account of a father and a son--how a mutual love of golf formed an exceptional emotional bond.

Full of anecdotes, vignettes, and recollections of Bing's time on the course, the tournaments he created and later sponsored, and the constant encouragement he showed his son, 18 Holes with Bing honors this celebrated golfer, entertainer, and father, and illuminates his life as never before.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062414281
  • ISBN-10: 0062414283
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Page Count: 224
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


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Books > Sports & Recreation > Golf - General
Books > Sports & Recreation > Essays
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Entertainment & Performing Arts - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-03-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

This heartfelt tribute to much-loved crooner Bing Crosby by his son, a former pro golfer, paints a portrait of a mellow man who loved life on the links. Supported by a foreword by golf great Jack Nicklaus, Crosby calls his Oscar-winning actor-singer father “the most popular entertainer of his day”; Bing Crosby sold over a half a billion albums, sang the hit single “White Christmas,” and still filled venues until his death in 1977. The musical icon, who started the Bing Crosby Pro-Am golf tournament in 1937, said the sport was “kind of passport to relaxation and happiness,” catching the golf bug as a young caddie at a course in Spokane, Wash. His son writes of the singer’s long friendships with Bob Hope and Louis Armstrong, and sometimes he overplays Bing’s influence on black singers in the 1930s and ’40s. Bing turned down the lead role on the TV show Columbo because of a scheduling conflict with his golf. Crosby detours briefly to defend his image-conscious father, blasting his half-brother Gary Crosby’s 1983 tell-all, Going My Own Way, which claimed that the singer physically abused his children. For the most part, this compelling remembrance focuses on the enduring star and his overwhelming yen for golf. (May)

 
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