A golf course may seem like an unusual place to hold a book signing, but in this case, it totally works.
New York Times bestselling author James R. Hansen will be at the famed Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course on Saturday, July 19, to unveil his new book “A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf.”
If the name sounds familiar, it should: Robert Trent Jones Sr. was the acclaimed golf course architect behind the redesign of Montauk Downs in 1968 – 12 years prior to it being acquired by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. In addition to the scenic, 18-hold Montauk course, Jones also designed or redesigned roughly 500 other golf courses in 42 states and 28 countries. Other local Robert Trent Jones golf courses include Lido Golf Club in Lido Beach and North Hills in Manhasset.
The 6,289-yard Montauk Downs may be a trip for most, but most will agree it’s worth it. The course, which hosts approximately 38,000 rounds of golf each year according to state sources, was named as a “Top 10 Best Municipal Course in the United States” in 2013 by Links Magazine.
While design is certainly important, one of the crowning features of Montauk Downs is its ever-changing winds sweeping onto the greens from the nearby Atlantic Ocean, ensuring no two rounds ever play the same way.
Golfers who head out to Montauk Downs this weekend can pick up a copy of “A Difficult Par” for $20 at the course’s clubhouse, and Hansen will be on hand as of 11 a.m. to sign any books.
Hansen himself is a self-proclaimed golf enthusiast who boasts a six handicap. A history professor at Auburn University in Alabama, he has authored several other books on a variety of topics including the early days of aviation, nuclear fusion reactors and the moon landings. His most recent book, “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” made the New York Times Bestsellers List.