To someday share his experience, Johnson wrote a detailed diary of his trip's adventurous days, especially noting the topography, turf, and course designs. As a result, his story "A Long Walk Around a Small Island" was just published. In the book, Johnson recounts the memorable trip to Ireland-- where his group of friends circumnavigated the island in a marathon two-week golf expedition.
Battling Irish wind, rain and each other, the merry band of often bickering golf fanatics managed to visit many of the top-ranked courses that lure thousands of golfers from around the world to this amazing array of fields of play. Their traveling incidents are documented as well as in-depth descriptions of course conditions and strategies per hole. Experts in turf and soil, one post-game conversation at an Irish pub led them to unknowingly discuss turf improvements with the General Manager from Old Head Golf Links who ended up appreciating their input.
"It's rare when a book comes along that combines humor with intelligence, detailed descriptions of playing the outstanding courses in Ireland. 'A Long Walk Around a Small Island' does just that-- and offers any golfer a valuable guide to traveling and playing in the country's scenic and historic courses." Dana Rogers, Broad Ripple, Indiana.
Johnson's intention for the book is to share with others the pleasure and pain of playing the links where golfing giants had walked before. After reading through dry, factual information on golfing in Ireland, he wanted to create a story travelogue that springs to life for readers. By creating an entertaining, interesting and helpful book, Johnson hopes to spur others to plan a visit to the Emerald Isle to play the famous and not-so-famous links.