In 1996, Charles Slack, a golfing everyman, threw his clubs in the trunk of his car and started on a pilgrimage down Route 1, playing the public courses all along the East Coast of the United States. As he tells the story of this extraordinary journey, he introduces a new set of partners with each round and opens a window into a new locale. Traveling from the potato fields of northern Maine to the manicured suburbs of Connecticut, from the worn-down urban centers of the Northeast corridor to the sun-drenched havens of the South, Slack chronicles the best and the worst of the public golf experience. Here in the land of new beginnings, he lives out every golfer's fantasy: a fresh start and a pristine fairway each and every morning. It is a charming tale of a quintessentially American journey of discovery.