on 22 November 2011
This is a reprint of Darwin's classic book and it contains all the colour plates reproduced very nicely. The original first editions are worth a fortune so to have this in one's collection is a real bonus. The text is very entertaining, especially when Bernardo is describing really poor courses! His descriptions of courses still much-loved today are a delight. If it's still available, don't hesitate - buy one!
on 7 March 2010
If you love your golf, and are also interested in the Golden Age of the game, then you could do no better than to get this book, PG Wodehouse's Golf Omnibus and Tommy's Honour - all wonderful reads, and the first two extremely funny.
To give you an idea of his dry wit, it was Bernard Darwin who described the pot bunkers at St Andrews as "just big enough for an angry man and his niblick".
Many of the courses he mentions have changed now, and of course since this dates from before the War, more recent courses are not mentioned and he didnt get further North than Carnoustie, but this aside it is a great read and often quoted in course savers such that you get deja vu when visiting older courses.
A small extract about Prestwick in this book gives a flavour ;
"Tradition and romance cluster thickly around Prestwick, for it was here that old Tom Morris came in 1851 - a little while after he and Allan Roberson had had a difference of opinion about Tom having played with the gutty ball...and it was here that the immortal Young Tom was born"
"If by some potent magic one could summon up the past at will, there is no golfing picture that I would like to see so much as that of Tommy's third win ; 149 for 3 rounds of the twelve hole course and he finished twelve strokes ahead of the two men who tied for second."