Golf's Transcendent Side: an Open Society

According to its mission statement, the Shivas Irons Society provides its members "opportunities for community, discovery, and transformation through golf." On a recent Sunday, 100 members of the society descended on San Francisco's public Harding Park golf course for a 15th anniversary tournament.

Reporter Steve Mencher visited the event, where members take their cues about golf from the 1972 novel Golf in the Kingdom, written by Esalen Institute co-founder Michael Murphy. The cult classic features a golf pro named Shivas Irons, who practices golf as a martial art.

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