September 1, 2005


The folks at Disney contacted us about promoting the film version of a book we loved: The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf (Mark Frost). As part of the deal it looks like we might be able to get a bunch of you free tickets to the premieres with no strings attached. Check here and print out an invite and let us know if there are any problems.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 1, 2005 11:43 AM

Thanks for posting this! The pass is a PDF file that downloaded fine (probably eats up a ton of toner printing it though, with all that black). Sounds like a very smart promotion by Disney.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at August 30, 2005 12:27 PM

A movie about golf - is this a story us non-golfers would really find enjoyable?

Posted by: Shelton at August 30, 2005 1:02 PM

I never fought Napoleon, but I loved Master and Commander.

Posted by: oj at August 30, 2005 1:09 PM

Awesome, OJ.

Posted by: Paul Cella at August 30, 2005 2:55 PM

I'm being serious - do you think I'd like it?

Battles are by nature quite exciting, golf isn't. Any story with conflict has the potential of being intriguing. Of all sports golf has the least amount of conflict (well maybe croquet). This is attested to by the fact that only golfers watch golf on TV while all other sports draw a much wider audience. Thus I am skeptical that this film, just like its subject, can be enjoyed by people other than golfers. I thought Bagger Vance was a bore.

Posted by: Shelton at August 30, 2005 3:12 PM

I'm not a nun but I liked Lillies of the Field.

Posted by: oj at August 30, 2005 3:15 PM

And I'm not a pilot, but I liked Airplane.

Posted by: Rick T. at August 30, 2005 3:21 PM

Shelton - I'm a golfer, so believe me: Bagger Vance was a bore. The Greatest Game Ever Played tells a terrific story that should appeal to non-golfers. Whether the movie is any good is another question...but the source material is great.

Posted by: Foos at August 30, 2005 3:45 PM

Given the price of the tickets, I'm inclined to take the chance.

Posted by: Mike Morley at August 30, 2005 4:24 PM

fine - I'll go - but because I'm an Even Stevens fan - not because I like golf.

Posted by: Shelton at August 30, 2005 4:52 PM

We only go to bird movies. Its been a good summer.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 30, 2005 6:18 PM

Damn, nobody in Omaha participates.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at August 30, 2005 6:53 PM

I have heard that the name "GOLF" started as an acronym for "Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden". Anybdody know if that's true?

Posted by: Patrick H at August 31, 2005 11:22 AM

I'll bet that if there is a way to make golf communist, Disney will find it. I'm sick of the entire Hollywood output and won't spend $10 to see anything other than something I'm close to being sure of. Free? Not to be subjected to the latest moral lecture from those sick Hollyweird bums.

Posted by: Howard Veit at August 31, 2005 8:54 PM

Did the word "golf" originate as an acronym for "gentlemen only, ladies forbidden"?
That's a common old wives' tale. Or, in this case, more likely an old husband's tale. [...]
Like most modern words, the word "golf" derives from older languages and dialects. In this case, the languages in question are medieval Dutch and old Scots.
The medieval Dutch word "kolf" or "kolve" meant "club." It is believed that word passed to the Scots, whose old Scots dialect transformed the word into "golve," "gowl" or "gouf."
By the 16th Century, the word "golf" had emerged.

Sources: British Golf Museum, USGA Library
From Brent Kelley, Your Guide to Golf.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 1, 2005 11:18 PM
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