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New book chronicles Lowcountry golf

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - "Golf in the Lowcountry,An Extraordinary Journey from Hilton Head Island to Savannah," by golfwriterJoel Zuckerman, was released April 2, 2003, according to Saron Press Ltd.publisher Paul deVere. He describes the 192-page hardbound book as an"excellent review of over 30 area courses, a very personal look atprofessional and amateur golfers who have been involved in Lowcountry golf,and Zuckerman's delightful 'takes on the game' itself." The cover art andillustrations by artist Brenda Turner and forward by renowned architect ReesJones "add to the richness of the piece," deVere added.

Zuckerman, a regular contributor to golf and travel publicationsboth nationally and internationally (including TravelGolf.com), has dividedthe book into five geographical sections: Hilton Head itself, nearbyDaufuskie Island, Bluffton, which is the mainland town just west of theHilton Head bridge, Beaufort, and neighboring Savannah, Georgia. Withinthese separate sections he reviews many of the courses of the area, andoffers perspectives on players with area ties. These include well knownnames like Davis Love III, Payne Stewart, Allen Doyle and Billy Andrade.There are also regional favorites such as former tennis champion Stan Smith,who is a 33-year resident of Hilton Head, and PGA Tour veteran GeneSauers, a Savannah native voted the 2002 Comeback Player of the Year. Healso profiles a small cadre of everyday golfers as well. It's a testament tohis storytelling skills that you'll enjoy the perspectives on these playersas well.

Zuckerman is a member of Golfweek Magazine's "America's Best"panel, and helps to rate the finest modern and classic courses in thenation. While his opinions of the courses and his personality profiles offera decidedly local perspective, it is the essays in the book that speak tothe universal golf experience. One needn't have ever visited Hilton Head, ortaken divots in the shadow of the Harbour Town lighthouse, to appreciate hisamusing outlooks on the game we all love, and occasionally love to hate.Slow play, the ubiquity of Tiger Woods, non-playing wives, cart path bouncesand obsessive record keeping are just a few of the subjects touched upon inthese provocative and imaginative essays.

"Golf in the Lowcountry," said deVere, "comes highly recommendedto anyone who has visited or plans to visit this golf-rich region. It alsoappeals to those who enjoy a lovely coffee table picture book. It will alsostrike a chord with anyone who enjoys the game, is frustrated by it, perhapscurses it, but always seems to come back for more."

Golf in the Lowcountry is available at Greats of the GameGallery, a variety of Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Savannah book stores,and on websites, including Zuckerman's own site, Vagabondgolfer.com,Amazon.com, BN.com, and Saronpress.com. For more information, call(843) 363-6697.

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