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Former golf pro Steve Eubanks' Golf Freek: One Man's Quest to Play as Many Rounds of Golf as Possible. For Free. offers a marvelous series of adventures in which the author, trading on his connections, set out to play rounds of golf either on courses new to his experience or with amazing golf personages. Eubanks' travels take him from the foothills of the Himalayas to Zurich, Switzerland, from the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama to the Yatera Seca Golf Course near the Guantâ€¡namo naval base in Cuba. Typified by sharp wit and indelible good will, Eubanks' Everyman-style memoir serves up keen reflections about the game but, more importantly, delivers ripe tales of fascinating folks, such as blind golfer David Meader, Korean female golfer Jeong Jang, retired pro Al Geiberger and the irrepressible Leo Luken, an 88-year-old legend who has shot his age more than 500 times. A poignant family encounter involving Eubanks' dad and his Marine recruit son concludes the text, and helps humanize what is otherwise a delightful busman's holiday of a book.