The Greatest Game Ever Played : Vardon, Ouimet and the Birth of Modern Golf, Paperback Book

The Greatest Game Ever Played : Vardon, Ouimet and the Birth of Modern Golf Paperback

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This fascinating narrative chronicles the birth of the modern game of golf, told through the story of Harry Vardon and Francis Ouimet.

These men, in pursuit of their passion for a sport that had captivated them since childhood, lifted themselves out of their lives of common poverty and broke down rigid social barriers, transforming the game of golf into one of the most widely played sports in the world today. Vardon and Ouimet were two men from different generations and vastly different corners of the world whose lives, unbeknown to them at the time, bore remarkable similarities, setting them on parallel paths that led to their epic battle at Brookline in the 1913 US Open.

This collision resulted in the 'big bang' that gave rise to the sport of golf as we know it.

In THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED, Mark Frost tells their story, including along the way over a dozen of the game's seminal figures, within the dramatic framework offered by the 1913 tournament where they finally met, which became one of the most thrilling sports events in history.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages, facsimiles, portraits
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Golf
  • ISBN: 9780751533262

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This is a beautiful and illuminating book. Anyone with an interest in golf will appreciate this work. Frost gives a vivid portrait of an epic battle between some of the first real great characters of the game. I was much more familiar of Harry Vardon and Ted Ray than I was of Francis Ouimet before acquiring the book. The prose style in the book assists the reader and the description of the game of golf is very realistic and in parts very moving. The final chapter of the book also gives a description of the fate of each of the main protagonists.