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Reviewed by Deepak Menon for Readers' Favorite
This factual story begins with a joint investment in a large piece of barren land by two stockbroker friends, and an early unsolicited large offer for the land. One of the friends Fred Tuerk urges sale, but the other, James Smith “Smitty” Ferebee, declines. The author reveals Ferebee's background revealing the basis of the emotional connection that Ferenbee has to the property. At this point we get to know more about Ferebee. Incredibly active with tremendous endurance, he used to routinely swim 4 1/2 miles through the sea with his father, take a 10 minute break and swim right back another 4 1/2 miles. One day, after a party at the local Golf Club which finished in the early hours of the morning, Ferebee proceeded to play an incredible 90 holes of golf at a stretch by the afternoon. Later, while Ferebee is surrounded by admirers, Tuerk challenges him to play an impossible number of rounds of golf in a short time, with their rights to their property at stake. Ferebee accepts, the bet is placed and, incredibly, Ferebee wins.
The author shows his great passion and his astounding and voluminous research. In this turbulent post recession period of American history, the story reveals eye opening background descriptions of people and places. Ferebee and Tuerk continue, with their friendship and betting, leading up to one of the greatest feats of endurance in the modern era, when Ferebee takes up the challenge to play 601 holes of golf in 8 cities in 4 Days! Anyone who has played 18 rounds of golf at a stretch in midsummer heat knows that it is impossible, but then 'Smitty' was different! The story leading to the 601 hole golf marathon, to my mind, is a great and inspiring tale of human endurance. I see a glowing row of 5 stars while ranking this.