Links: An Insider's Tour Through the World of Golf


173 pages
ISBN 0-394-22209-1
DDC 796.352




Reviewed by C. Stephen Gray

C.S. Gray is Director of Information Services, Institute of Chartered
Accountants of Ontario.


Canada’s Lorne Rubinstein has already achieved a well-deserved
international reputation in golf circles as a regular columnist for the
Globe & Mail, a frequent contributor to North American golf magazines, a
television commentator during professional golf tournaments, and a
co-author (with the late George Knudson) of one of the most insightful
books yet on how to swing a golf club.

In Links, Rubinstein documents in loving detail all aspects of his
passion for the game—from his early memories of chipping balls with
his father across the back yard of their suburban North York home to his
days as a caddie on the U.S. professional golf tour. He also describes
his more recent adventures as a writer about, and player of, the sport
which has enabled him to make a living.

The book is unlike most books about golf: even though Rubinstein is an
excellent amateur golfer, he includes virtually no golf instruction.
Rather, he delivers exactly what his title promises—a very personal,
highly subjective collection of essays containing the many pleasant
memories and lasting impressions he has gained from a lifetime spent
watching, following, studying and, best of all, playing golf.

Even though it is a personal story, the author manages to keep the
reader interested and pleasantly entertained. The book should appeal to
anyone who likes to swing a golf club or to watch professionals do so on
television. It is to be hoped that Rubinstein, who is only in his
forties, will continue his involvement in the game, and that this is not
his last word on a subject that gives him, and so many others, such
simple pleasure.


Rubenstein, Lorne., “Links: An Insider's Tour Through the World of Golf,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 21, 2024,