A spiritual journey, a lush travelogue, a parable of sports and philosophyâ€”John Updike called this unique novel â€śa golf classic if any exists in our day.â€ť
When an American traveler on his way to India stops to play a round on one of the most beautiful and legendary golf courses in Scotland, he doesnâ€™t know that his gameâ€”and his lifeâ€”are about to change forever. He is introduced to Shivas Irons, a mysterious golf pro whose sublime insights stick with him long after the eighteenth hole. From the first swing of the Scotsmanâ€™s club, he realizes he is in for a most extraordinary day.
By turns comic, existential, and semiautobiographical, Michael Murphyâ€™s tale traces the arc of twenty-four hours, from a round of golf on the Links of Burningbush to a night fueled by whiskey, wisdom, and wanderingâ€”even a sighting of Seamus MacDuff, the holy man who haunts the hole they call Luciferâ€™s Rug.
â€śMurphyâ€™s book is going to alter many visions,â€ť The New York Times Book Review declared. More than an unforgettable approach to one of the worldâ€™s most popular sports, Golf in the Kingdom is a meditation on the power of a game to transform the self.