At Play in the Fields of the Lord

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This course explores the culture of sports as a human activity through the lens of golf.  What is the passionate attraction of some humans for the sport of golf while others considered it "a good walk spoiled?" Learn about the history of golf, iconic heroes and anti-heroes of the game, golf course architecture, and the challenging practice of teaching and learning of the golf swing.


Case studies of the amazing career of Tiger Woods in the men’s game and the incredible dominance of Asian golfers in the women’s game will be considered . Works of fiction involving golf, from P.G. Wodehouse to John Updike, will be amongst the texts consulted. Both golfers and non-golfers are welcome in the class, and those interested only the art of being an informed spectator at tournaments or on TV will hopefully find this to be a useful orientation.  The course will involve class visits from teaching professionals and club-makers, a round of golf at St. Andrews, Scotland on a personal computer golf simulator, and a real-life early evening field trip and a guided course walk around the Tournament Players Club River Highlands Golf Course in Cromwell, CT, site of the annual PGA tour event, The Travelers Championship

Instructor: David Beveridge

Four Tuesdays: April 9, 16, 23, 30
Sunday, April 14: TV watch party of Masters Golf Tournament
Wasch Center Butterfield Room

Sunday, May 5: Course Walk
TPC River Highlands Golf Club, Cromwell CT

**This course has been canceled**


David Beveridge
David Beveridge is the Joshua Boger University Professor of the Natural Sciences, emeritus.  His teaching at Wesleyan has ranged from physical chemistry, molecular biophysics, and computational biology to general education courses on The Scientific Method,  Science and Modernism, and a popular lecture/laboratory course on Science and Art.   Beveridge currently serves as co-director of the Wasch Center at Wesleyan.  He is active in the field of computational biophysics, and participates in Molecules to Medicine, a collaboration that involves research in computer-assisted drug design. Beveridge is a Fellow of the Biophysical Society, a member of the Connecticut Academy of Sciences, and a life-long amateur golfer.