Clark University Professor Leads Double Life as Golf Expert, Publishes Book of His Essays

May 07, 1997, 01:00 ET from Clark University

    WORCESTER, Mass., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Clark University political
 scientist Bradley Klein knows golf.  The nuclear strategy expert got his start
 as a caddie, first at private clubs on his native Long Island, and later on
 the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Tour.  Klein spent his summer
 months working for numerous PGA winners and caddied in half a dozen U.S.
     When he isn't teaching college students and political theory, Klein is
 architecture editor and columnist for Golfweek and is contributing editor to
 America Online's new "iGOLF" system on the Internet.  He's a course design
 consultant and a frequent lecturer at industry meetings.  He has also just
 written "Rough Meditations," a collection of his essays (published by Sleeping
 Bear Press).  The stories span 20 years of observing golf, from caddying to
 studying landscapes, and includes an extensive and humorous "Best and Worst
    As assistant professor of government and international relations at Clark
 University, Klein has authored more than a dozen scholarly papers, as well as
 a book recently published by Cambridge University Press on nuclear strategy
 and American foreign policy.  He teaches courses in international relations
 and politics of the media.
     Klein's golf course "research" has taken him to four continents, and he
 has spent time in the field with just about every major course architect.  He
 has traveled with Arnold Palmer to review 20 of his courses, and despite his
 intense and demanding scholarly schedule has often criss-crossed the country
 and world to review numerous courses.
     When it comes to golf-course aesthetics, Klein has definite opinions.  "I
 like older courses that make use of the natural terrain," he says, "not
 bulldozed, trendy, Disney-like abominations."  He is a particular fan of
 Donald Ross, a Scottish-born designer who came to the United States in
 1899 and designed more than 400 courses.

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