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Scottish Golf Links: A Photographer's Journey Hardcover – 15 Sep 2004

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More than 50 legendary courses along the coast of Scotland are captured in this visually stunning work of art by acclaimed photographer Iain MacFarlane Lowe (St. Andrews & The Open Championship). Traveling the shoreline of Scotland over a span of ten years, Lowe has captured the essence of the Scottish links, the coastal areas and the towns of this wonderful country that has adopted golf as its national sport.

Lowe takes us along the rugged eastern coast, from St. Andrews up to Montrose and Cruden Bay and Royal Aberdeen; “from heather, whin and sand, to points north,” to Nairn and Dornoch.  Then to the west coast, to Prestwick and Troon. It’s not only the courses themselves that Lowe illuminates along the way, but the winding roads, the ancient villages, the farms and whiskey distilleries, and the people who call this land their home as well. Each step of his pilgrimage is given its due.

Interwoven through the photography are historical notes and observations by David Joy (St. Andrews & The Open Championship). Maps and architectural drawings are also included from golf architect Kyle Phillips. The Scottish Links: A Photographer’s Journey captures the exhilarating feeling of Scotland –– from the rugged coasts and lovely villages to the classic links brimming over with elegance and complexity, to the Scottish whiskey that has sustained golfers for over 400 years. Turn its pages for the trip of a lifetime.

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“From a wild, thickly whinned and duned area that protected sheep from winter’s piercing wind from the North Sea, the course emerged. Hazards like bunkers formed by cattle sheltering; walkways suggested fairways by fisherman taking their long daily walk out to The Eden Estuary to claim mussels for their baited lines—a few flattened areas where rabbits were bred—all contributed to the evolution of The Old Course.”
—from “St. Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife,” Chapter One of Scottish Golf Links: A Photographer’s Journey

Scottish Golf Links: A Photographer′s Journey captures the exhilarating feeling of Scotland, from the rugged coasts and lovely villages to the classic links brimming over with elegance and complexity, to the Scottish whiskey that has sustained golfers for more than 400 years. Turn its pages for the trip of a lifetime.

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Fond memories 4 Jan. 2005
By James L. Mallory - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I had a chance to play several of these golf courses last year, so naturally when I saw this book I had to have it. I am very glad I bought it. The photos are spectacular and bring back lots of fond memories. I'm ready to go back. If you've ever had the chance to play golf in Scotland, buy this book. If you're planning a golf trip to Scotland, buy this book. If you love golf, buy this book. If you love beautiful photos, buy this book. In fact, I can't think of a good reason NOT to buy this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The BEST!!! 16 Nov. 2004
By R. Harteg III - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Another great one from clock tower press. The vivid pictures will make you feel like you are right there on the greens of Scotland. One of my favorite books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Visual Feast of Scottish Links Golf 28 Aug. 2006
By Froggy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Great volume on the essential key links courses in Scotland. The text is fine and to the point. There's some interesting insight especially into the history of golf (St.Andrews and Dornoch in particular), but nothing overboard.

I also think it was a good idea to divide the golf into regions. It makes the courses more approachable plus you get to appreciate the slight nuances from one region to another.

The bottom line is this book is about the photography with the avid golfer in mind. Simply fantastic pictures. I'm an amateur photographer and I can tell you Ian spent an enormous amount of time putting these photos together. On almost every shot, it's clear he had to wait for the right time of day and the right moment to capture the dramatic setting with clouds/sun/wind/shadows in the foreground/background. In addition, he more often than not is using a vantage point to the direct benefit of the golfer. By this I mean you will appreciate the difficulty, challenge, and strategy of a given hole or set of holes from Ian's chosen vantage point and framing. Tremendous aerial shots as well. What I really thought was done well was the combination of key hole reviews (from Kyle Philipps of Kingsbarns fame) and multiple vantage point pictures. Together they really worked well to paint a picture for the golfer planning to play any one of these courses.

When all is said and done, you owe it to yourself to pick up this volume before heading across the pond. In fact, bring it with you, so you can compare your experience to the book itself. You won't regret it.

The only slight negative I would give to the book is the sometimes poor print reproduction of some of the quality photographs. Not the photographer's fault, but the publisher's.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Photos 18 Oct. 2005
By Nicholas H. Van Slyck - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is simply wonderful. Why it took three months to get to me I will never know, but the wait was worth it. The photos are first rate and give the reader the true feeling that he is walking these legendary fairways. For anyone who has ever played in Scotland or who dreams of doing so, this book is for you. You will not be dissappointed!
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This One Covers All of the Courses... 12 Feb. 2012
By JP Czar - Published on
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I've read a lot of the Scottish Golf Books and have picked up numerous of the 'glossy coffee table' books. This one, however, is the best. If you area looking for information, just about the Scottish Rota courses, maybe this isn't you best choice....But this one covers all the Rota courses AND the other great courses in this fine country.

I really do believe this one is the best on Scotland!
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