Horovitz discovers that it takes time to be accepted into the “club” of his fellow caddies. He learns quickly that you never second-guess advice from a veteran caddie. He finds out that the veterans can make you feel welcome but not part of the crowd until you’ve earned your “stripes.”
The book covers much more than just the caddies. There is the charming village itself, the author’s friends from the university, his uncle and his uncle’s best buddy, the “model” caddies (read the book to find out about those), the tourist golfers and the celebrities and touring pros that he is lucky to meet.
Horovitz paints a picture of a setting that feels like Eden. The book is like a travelogue of a place that every golfer and tourist interested in Scotland should visit.
If nothing else, “An American Caddie in St. Andrews” is a fun read. Anyone interested in a feel-good, coming-of-age story that provides lots of laughs and fascinating characters will not be disappointed. It might even provide an incentive to visit St Andrews yourself.
David Kent is the director of the Village Library of Cooperstown. He can be reached at email@example.com.