Dr. Leon S White, a graduate of Stanford University with a PhD from Columbia University, taught at M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management and later worked as a health care executive. His love of golf and interest in poetry led him to discover a treasure-trove of old golf poetry much of which is included in his book Golf Course of Rhymes – Links between Golf and Poetry Through the Ages, available from Barnes & Noble. A collection of his own golf poetry, If Golf Balls Could Talk – Collected Golf Poems, was published in August 2022 and is available on Amazon worldwide.


  1. Jim Dunlop says:

    Back in the last years of the previous century I started writing verse with a predominantly golf theme. For a few years I recited many of these verses at my golf club’s annual meetings. Generally I think this was well-received, but I always felt that many in the audience were wondering why anyone would want to do such a thing. I have not written much of anything since my retirement, devoting much more time to the playing of golf, rather than dreaming about it at the office. Some of my poems celebrated the idiosyncrasies of fellow golfers, some victories by famous golfers. Others had to do with aspects of playing the game, or attempted to express golf instruction in verse form. Some were epics about mythic golfers like Hamish McParr, or about a dream game with TW.

    I came across your web site recently and have enjoyed perusing it. Thank you for doing this.

  2. Nic Brook says:

    Dear Dr White,

    Delighted to have enjoyed reading your book “Golf Course of Rhymes”. It arrived in the post last weekend and I’ve been chuckling over it ever since!

    When I thumbed through the game you set I wondered if I’d find the rhyme of Robert Forgan (I think) that was long a favourite.
    We called it the “Follow Through” song, but doubtless it had a more official name. Laurie Auchterlonie, Hon Pro to the R&A used to have a copy of the poem on display in his Pilmour Links shop-window and I’d love to read and be reminded of it in its entirity….
    If you come across it I’d be delighted to read it once more.

    Stanzas included the following…

    “When you need a mighty whack
    What’s the point of holding back?
    Give the ball a ???
    And Follow Through!”


    Nic Brook

  3. Fred Gefen says:

    Amelia Adams Harrington’s “It’s a Great Life,” published in a 1921 compilation, “Lyrics of the Links”:
    Hello dear, how are you?
    Glad you came around.
    Fred’s out at the Country Club
    Batting up the ground.
    Did you go to Martha’s
    Fred came in too late.
    Played ’til it was pitchy dark,
    Forgot we had a date.

    To Amelia:
    I’m sorry that I stood you up.
    I clearly lost my way.
    I know it’s no excuse, but it was such a lovely day.
    I’ll gladly make it up to you.
    I swear I won’t be late.
    I’ve only got a few to play.
    If you would kindly wait.
    Fred- April, 2014

    Note: This comment is related to a New York Times feature on golf poetry that appeared in the Sports pages

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