Oliver Horovitz on An American Caddie in St. Andrews | Tantorious

Tantorious is a monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio.


Oliver Horovitz is a writer, filmmaker, and caddie on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. His New York Times bestselling book, An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course, is a hilarious and poignant coming of age memoir.



Excerpts from the audio interview:

Q: What makes a good caddie?

A: A good caddie is part psychologist, part tour guide, part historian. For me, I love the history: In 1921 Bobby Jones came to the eleventh hole in his first-ever British Open. He hits in that bunker, takes four swings, can’t get the ball out, rips up his scorecard, and walks off the golf course. They call it Bobby Jones’s bunker.

Q: Is it dangerous out there?

A: It’s very dangerous. I remember one older caddie who got slammed in the head, he goes down and he’s out for the count. Another caddie runs over and says, “Alistair, are you okay?” Alistair looks up at him, and with his last ounce of strength whispers, “Just make sure I get paid.”

Q: You narrated the audiobook and added a bonus feature.

A: Yes, my Ten Top Tips for Playing the Old Course. Tip #1: Keep it left. On almost every single hole, all the bunkers and gorse is on the right. You have miles and miles of room on your left.

Listen to a sample of the Tantor audiobook edition of An American Caddie in St. Andrews, narrated by Oliver Horovitz.

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