Those of you who have been following this blog know that most of the poetry is from old golf books and magazines. Part of the fun of writing the blog is finding new (old) books which provide me with new material. Brian Siplo (co-author of a wonderful book about Harry Vardon’s first trip to the U. S., called The Vardon Invasion) recently told me about some old golf poetry books. With a bit of luck, I was able to buy one of them called Divots for Dubs through Abebooks. The 96 page book was written by J. Ellsworth Schrite who self-published it in 1934.
The book explains in verse, how to play golf. The author makes this very clear in his charming introduction,
Divots for Dubs
“DIVOTS FOR DUBS” explains in verse,
How to play golf, better or worse;
The history, the course, the clubs to choose,
The stance to take, the swings to use;
What to wear, and where to look,
How to slice, and how to hook;
Things that on each course are seen,
Things you need to play “Nineteen”;
A bit of humor, a bit of sense,
Some alibis for self defence:
Get your “Divots”, take a look,
You miss a “par” if you miss the book.
If you want to read on, however, you will be challenged. According to WorldCat only four libraries in the world have it! But that’s also part of the fun I have: bringing inaccessible golf poetry back to life in this blog.