By Jerry Tarde
One of the forgotten talents who graced our pages for many years was the incomparable Charles Price. He dabbled in architecture and music criticism for magazines such as Newsweek and Cosmopolitan, but Price made his name in golf writing.
He wrote for a fledgling Golf World, was the founding editor of Golf Magazine, and in the early 1980s came to Golf Digest where he authored a monthly column that was the closest thing to literature in sportswriting at the time. He was part of what I still think of as the Golden Age of Golf Writing in our pages, accompanied by Peter Dobereiner, Dan Jenkins, Peter Andrews and occasionally Herb Wind and Alistair Cooke. Many other great writers still with us began contributing to Golf Digest back then, too.
Charley died exactly 20 years ago Wednesday at the end of a long battle with cancer. Recently Golf Digest Senior Writer Guy Yocom reminded me of a letter Charley faxed to our offices on Feb. 1, 1993, just about a year before his death. It's accompanied by some notes on what he considered the elements of good writing, a few of which are excerpted here: