Text by Donald Steel, Foreword by Arnold Palmer, Afterword by Peter Dawson
April 20, 2010
Sports & Recreation - Golf
9 x 12
About This Book
A celebration of the venerable tournament and hallowed links in Scotland that gave birth to the sport.
Published to coincide with the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews in 2010, The Open captures the unique experience of playing the courses that have made the championship’s Claret Jug the sport’s most coveted trophy. Set into the spectacular British coastline, from St. Andrews in Scotland to St. George’s in Kent, the fourteen courses that have hosted the best players in the world since the mid-nineteenth century are famed not only for their beauty but also for their character. In The Open: Golf’s Oldest Major, The R&A presents an astonishing photographic celebration of a tournament that has hosted every icon of the sport, from Old Tom Morris to Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods. Bringing together classic images of unforgettable moments in the competition’s history with vintage photographs, many previously unpublished, sourced by Getty Images from archives throughout Britain, and including new photographs of the courses by David Cannon, this extravagantly illustrated book captures both the excitement and the glory of The Open and the unparalleled beauty of the courses themselves.
About the Author
Donald Steel is uniquely qualified as an observer of The Open. He was a participant in one (1970), covered 32 in succession for the Sunday Telegraph or Country Life and, in the role of golf course architect, has worked on all the links on which the Championship has been held. He has been a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club since 1962.
Arnold Palmer has been one of the world’s most popular and accomplished sports icons for more than half a century. Seven major professional championships, including Open Championships in 1961 and 1962, highlight his impressive career record of 92 national and international golf championships.
Peter Dawson is the Chief Executive of The R&A and has been leading its management team since 1999.