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St. Andrews & the Open Championships: The Official History

Joy, David (text) & Iain MacFarlane Lowe

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ISBN 10: 1886947260 / ISBN 13: 9781886947269
Published by Sleeping Bear Press, Chelsea, MI, 1999
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4to, 240 pp., Signed by both the author & photographer on the title page; additionally inscibed by the photographer opposite the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 055242

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Title: St. Andrews & the Open Championships: The ...

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press, Chelsea, MI

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: hardcover

Illustrator: Profusely illustrated

Book Condition:Fine copy in fine dust jacket

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition.

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When one thinks of the Open Championship (British Open), it’s hard not to think of the Old Course at St. Andrews as well. And no wonder. The Open Championship was first played at St. Andrews in 1873. Since then, the Open has returned to St. Andrews again and again. Each time, the game has been better for it.

St. Andrews & The Open Championship: The Official History, is a detailed, chronological record of all the Opens that have taken place on the Old Course in the past 130 years. The text, by third generation St. Andrean David Joy, is fully researched and highly informative. The color photography, by Iain MacFarlane Lowe, is some of the most beautiful of the Old Course — or any other course — that you will ever see. Plus, the book is filled with vintage photos and additional documents that help define the true importance of this historical event.


The history of St. Andrews may not tell the whole story of golf, but it certainly provides the early chapters--as well as significant new episodes along the way. To help commemorate the Open Championship's return to the Royal and Ancient grounds in 2000, St. Andrews fetes the game's most hallowed pasture. With sprightly text and enough pictures to weigh down a caddie, it tells the stories of the 25 British Opens--from 1873 to John Daly's improbable triumph in 1995--that have gone out from the shadow of the intimidating stone clubhouse and returned, after battling winds, bunkers, gorse, and all kinds of troubles big and small, to the beckoning arms of the legendary Home Hole. --Jeff Silverman

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