Jofie Ferrari-Adler looks young enough to be the president of the student council, but he’s actually an executive editor at Simon & Schuster. When he turned forty, he decided that the only birthday present he wanted was an artificial putting green in the back yard of his family’s house, which is across the street from Prospect Park, in Brooklyn. “I’ve wanted one since I was ten,” he said the other day. His yearning was not foreseeable at his birth: his father was a hippie and
An overlooked aspect of any great backyard golf hole is the backyard itself. As obvious as that may seem, I fully realize this as I’m white-knuckling a golf cart that keeps climbing through the semi-wilderness behind Michael Lehrer’s Armonk, N.Y. home. Lehrer is leading this unexpected safari while bubbling with a mix of energy and pride -- “You’re going to love this!” -- and when we finally reach our destination unscathed, I’m happy to unclench and examine the surroundings.