Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
One Country Club Drive: Stories Across Three Generations of Greenskeeping is a nonfiction sports memoir written by Marty Peck. Battle Creek Country Club and the Dutch Colonial home gracing the entrance at One Country Club Drive was the home, workplace, and playground of three generations of Pecks, beginning with the author’s grandfather, Andy Peck. For Marty, growing up in the house and with a whole golf course, complete with a lake, woods, and swimming beach as his playground, was paradisaic, even with the inconveniences such as the dreaded shower in the basement and the oddities of a house that never seemed to catch up with modern necessities. Marty learned so much from both his shared experiences coming of age on the course along with his two best friends and the lessons imparted by his dad and grandfather, as they passed on the secrets of how they kept an amazing course healthy, green, and alive.
I loved every minute I spent reading Marty Peck’s One Country Club Drive. There’s something in this book for everyone. Golfers will love learning the intricacies behind making the course they play on perfect and reading about the author’s experiences and acquaintanceship with notables such as Arnold Palmer. Those who enjoy coming of age memoirs will appreciate the antics and adventures Peck and his friends had as they grew up in what had to be a paradise for a kid who loved the outdoors as much as Peck did. Those who enjoy reading about society and the well-heeled will find their niche covered here as well. And the Macgyver set will love every moment spent reading about Marty and his dad’s continual tinkering and sometimes brilliant inventions. This is a marvelous read, well-written and filled with anecdotes, historical photos, and the endless affection of the author for his family and the life they shared in the historic Dutch Colonial home. One Country Club Drive: Stories Across Three Generations of Greenskeeping is most highly recommended.