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The Golf Courses Of The British Isles Hardcover – Illustrated, 1910
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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."
Descriptive accounts of golf courses I didn't know existed. Written with warmth, charm and humour.
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