Jewel in the Glen: Gleneagles, Golf and the Ryder Cup Hardcover – 22 Aug 2013
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'This beautiful publication appears to match the majesty of Gleneagles itself and depict our wonderful game and Samuel Ryder's legacy in the manner most deserving' -- Ken Schofield, former European Tour chief executive.
'An informative and entertaining read, it certainly whets the appetite for a great competition next year' -- Alex Salmond
'I have always thought Gleneagles is one of the greatest places in the world to play golf' -- Jack Nicklaus
'Ed paints a unique portrait of Gleneagles, Scottish golf and the history of the Ryder Cup' -- Perthshire Advertiser
'In his engaging, polished publication Jewel in the Glen, Ed Hodge traces the Ryder Cup's Gleneagles connections and unearths one or two gems' -- Herald
'Fantastic book. It's a great read and I would highly recommend it' --Colin Montgomerie
'[B]rilliantly sets the scene for next year's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles with a seductive mixture of interview, anecdote and history' --Herald
'Hodge entertainingly recounts the history of the cup' --Scotsman
About the Author
Ed Hodge grew up in Perthshire, is a former Gleneagles caddy and employee and has enjoyed a writing relationship with the five-star resort for a number of years. A University of St Andrews modern history graduate with 11 years previous experience as a sports writer in Scotland, Ed is now PR & Media Executive for the Scottish Golf Union. This is his first book. Jack Nicklaus is globally regarded as the greatest golfer of all time. Together with fellow American Arnold Palmer and South African Gary Player, known as the 'Big Three', he is credited with turning golf into the major spectator sport it has become. Nicklaus was a key driver of change for the Ryder Cup, proposing the inclusion of European players to try to even up the competition after another comfortable win for the US over Great Britain in 1977; his influence will be as keenly felt at Gleneagles in 2014 after designing a number of changes to the PGA Centenary Course, where the battle for the Ryder Cup will be fought.
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"Jewel in the Glen" is an essential read for 2014 if you have the slightest interest in golf, Gleneagles or the Ryder Cup. If it needs any further endorsement, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond recently listed this book as his book of the year! High, and worthy, praise indeed.
Although English I have a great affiliation with Scotland through a Scottish Mother, going to university in Scotland and working there for a time. My parents lived in nearby Dunblane and my Dad was a member of Gleneagles in the 1970's when annual membership was less than $100!
This beautifully-written book will inspire anyone planning to attend the Ryder Cup or those less fortunate to pay a visit to Gleneagles at another time.
I particularly enjoyed the very local flavour provided by the author from his experience of living close by, the interviews with major golfing personalities, professional and otherwise, and sharing the excitement of what the Ryder Cup will mean both locally and nationally in 2014 and beyond.
Well done Ed
A glittering read for anyone with even a slight interest in the game and it's most famous venue.
Size and weight make it an especially good present.
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