Ian Macfarlane Lowe, Christopher J. Lowe, and George Peper. Golf Links of Scotland. Published in 2010. Signed, limited edition of 150. Pgs. 256.
This hand-tooled, red leather-bound tome is the ultimate hole-by-hole tour of the venerable Old Course at St. Andrews. Noted golf photographer and St. Andrews residents Iain Macfarlane Lowe and Christopher J. Lowe collaborated with golf authority George Peper to produce a limited edition collector’s volume celebrating the storied course.
The book is unlike any golf book ever published and the artistic blend of Lowe’s exquisite photography with Peper’s elegant and insightful prose transports the reader into an intimate appreciation of the character and nuances of every hole on the Old Course. Informative transparent overlays on aerial shots also provide useful play lines and yardages for all 18 holes and, combined with the wisdom of “local knowledge” professional tips, serve as a valuable guide to successfully negotiate the course.
The Golf Links of Scotland is two books in one. Book One devotes 130 pages to the Old Course and Book Two visits 18 other Scottish coastline gems in the span of 170 pages of descriptive text, playing tips and stunning photography. Familiar names of the highlighted links include: Royal Troon, Royal Dornoch, Carnoustie, Turnberry, Prestwick, Muirfield, Royal Aberdeen, North Berwick and Kingsbarns.
As a bonus, Lowe has signed and numbered an exclusive photograph and tipped it into each of the 150 books published. The photograph is printed on the highest quality fine art paper making it suitable for framing. The Golf Links of Scotland is handsomely presented in a hand-made matching red clamshell case. The oversized book’s leather binding is graced with 23-carat gold leaf inlay that includes four thistles on the cover corners.