Movie buffs are likely to enjoy this story in The New York Times about the unlikely journey of a golf book trying to find its way to the big screen. The film, of the same name, is based on the 1972 novel Golf in the Kingdom, a book considered sacred by many golfers and apparently by a lot of potential directors, who have labored over how to turn the ownership of the film rights into an actual movie (meanwhile, the book has sold millions over the past forty years). Golf in the Kingdom (the book–we’ll have to wait and see about the movie) is an international classic, for sure, but the movie made us think about a more recent memorable golf book (there are a lot of golf books to forget, believe us), Dream Golf: The Making of Bandon Dunes. See, the movie, set in Scotland, was actually filmed on the southern Oregon coast at the now world-renowned Scottish links-style course. The unlikely story of how the course came to be is as amazing as that of the movie shot there. Still making it’s mark when Dream Golf was written, the course is now internationally-respected, and the book was recently released in a revised and expanded edition that will fuel your golf dreams, or any dream of bringing something amazing to life.
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One response to “A Couple of Books, a Couple of Coasts and a Movie”
Thanks, Brian. That’s why I love this site – I wouldn’t have known Bandon Dunes had its own book without this post. The film seems to be opening in two cities at once – NYC and PDX – leading me to believe that the writer/director have a Portland connection. For more information on the movie, which will screen at McMenamins Edgefield in August, try here: http://golfinthekingdommovie.com/now-playing/