Dodson, James (1953 - )
Jim Dodson was raised in the Carolinas but moved to New England in the 1980s to become a senior writer for Yankee Magazine. Previously, he had been a reporter for the Washington Post and a political journalist and a Sunday magazine writer at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Dodson earned his reputation as a sports writer as contributing editor and regular columnist for Golf magazine and golf editor for Departures magazine, winning the Golf Writers of America Award in 1995. Dodson now lives in Topsham, Maine.
- Final Rounds: A Father, a Son, the Golf Journey of a Lifetime, (1996) chronicles a golfing trip Dodson and his ailing father made to Scotland. "It is combination autobiography, biography, travelogue and painless history of golf,"says William David Barry in his review in the Portland newspaper.
- Faithful Travelers: A Father, a Daughter, a Fly-Fishing Journey of the Heart (1998), tells the story of a six-week, cross-country trip Dodson makes with his 7-year-old daughter Maggie and their 13-year-old deaf golden retriever, Amos, soon after he finds himself divorced. This book has been made into a movie starring David James Elliott as Dodson.
- A Golfer's Life Co-witten autobiography of Arnold Palmer
- Ben Hogan (2004)a biography of the golfer who won four U.S. Opens, and five of the six major tournaments in a single season
- The Dewsweepers: Seasons in Golf and Friendship (2001) a story about seven friends who golf early (sweeping the dew) at a local golf course
- The Road to Somewhere: Travels With a Young Boy in an Old World (2003) his account of a trip through England, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy and Greece with his 10-year-old son, Jack.
- Beautiful Madness: One Man's Journey Through Other People's Gardens (2006) recounts a year spent traveling to various gardens around the world and spending time with fanatical gardeners.