The Spirit of St. Andrews Manuscript

Alister MacKenzie

Publication Date: 1993
Manuscript / Paper Collectible Condition: Very Good
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A unique, interesting and historic item, the publisher's manuscript for the Spirit of St. Andrews, by Alister MacKenzie. MacKenzie designed some of the greatest courses in the world including Cypress Point, Royal Melbourne and with Bobby Jones, Augusta National. In 1993, Raymund Haddock, an insurance agent from Boulder, Colorado found a manuscript from a book written by MacKenzie, but lost for over 60 years. Haddock is the grandson of MacKenzie¿s second wife Hilda. Haddocks father transcribed the book for Alister MacKenzie in the early 1930s soon after traveling from the UK to join his mother Hilda and Alister at Pasatiempo, where they were living. Haddock discovered the carbon typescript (typed on carbon paper) in a desk he inherited from his father, who had an office at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, California. Mackenzie designed Pasatiempo and used to live off the sixth fairway, and when he died he asked that his ashes be spread over the course. As Haddock told Sports Illustrated in 1995, I stumbled upon it. I came across a package of pages which I had understood to be notes for a book on camouflage that MacKenzie had been working on when he died. Instead, the package contained seven chapters of the great man declaiming on golf courses and golf¿some of it echoing his classic 1920 volume, Golf Architecture, his only other book, but much of it fresh, including a delirious final chapter in which the former British Army surgeon and Boer War veteran rails against Bolshevism and prescribes golf as the tonic for world peace.¿ The introduction to the book was written by Bobby Jones, also in the 1930s, and is included. The book was published by Sleeping Bear Press in 1995 in two editions. A standard trade edition of 268 pages and a special limited edition of 324 which included the full content of the text including a lot of technical advice for greenskeepers. This copy was obtained from the publisher and contains the full text. 333 pages, unbound. Very rare, as only a handful of copies exist. We specialize in golf books. Bookseller Inventory # 001684

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Title: The Spirit of St. Andrews Manuscript

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

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