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. Opens. 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 Awards." 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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