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A celebration of the venerable tournament and hallowed links of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in Scotland that gave birth to the sport. Published to coincide with the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews in 2010,The Opencaptures the unique experience of playing the courses that have made the championshiprs"s Claret Jug the sportrs"s most coveted trophy. Set into the spectacular British coastline, from St. Andrews in Scotland to St. Georgers"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. InThe Open: 150 Years of Golfrs"s Oldest Major, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club 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classic images of unforgettable moments in the competitionrs"s history with vintage photographs, many previously unpublished, from archives throughout Britain, and including new photographs of the courses by David Cannon, this extravagantly illustrated book captures both the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.
Donald Steel is a golf writer, architect, and historian. He is the only architect to have advised on all The Open courses, and is the architect of the plan for the modern St. Andrews. Arnold Palmer is one of the greatest players in the history of golf. In 1998 he was awarded the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award after a career in which he won seven major championships, including two wins at The Open in 1961 and 1962. Peter Dawson is the Chief Executive of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.