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The Seventh at St. Andrews: How Scotsman David McLay Kidd and His Ragtag Band Built the First New Course on Golf's Holy Soil in Nearly a Century

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An acclaimed Scottish golf course architect who had to go to America to make his name lands the most coveted commission in all of golf: to design the first new course in almost a century for the town of St. Andrews, the games ancestral home.

David McLay Kidd became a wunderkind golf course architect before he was thirty years old, thanks to his universally lauded design at Bandon Dunes on the Oregon coast. When the town of St. Andrews announced in 2001 that a new championship course was in the worksthe towns first since 1914Kidd fought off all comers and earned the right to make golf history. Author Scott Gummer was there to chronicle the days in the dirt and the nights in the pubs, the politics and histrionics, all with exclusive access to David Kidd, his team, and the St. Andrews Links Trust.

Unfolding in arresting you-are-there scenes, The Seventh at St. Andrews follows the young master at work as Kidd, with his sharp tongue, leads his accomplices in transforming a plot of flat, uninspiring farmland — smack in the middle of which sits the towns sewage plant — into a rollicking golfing adventure and the most anticipated golf course opening in a generation.

Murphy's Law seems to govern the process, however, as everything that can go wrong seemingly does: from epic wooly weather, to cattle grazing on the site, to vociferous opposition among the townsfolk, to bureaucrats so stuck in their ways they cannot be budged even with one of Kidd's bulldozers.

The story chronicles the decade-long journey from the first notion of a seventh course to its official opening. Kidd & Co. exceed everyones expectations by building a magnificent throwback course that looks to have been shaped by the wind and rain and nature rather than modern machinery. The Seventh at St. Andrews brings the under appreciated art of golf course design to life, and along the way profiles an unforgettable cast of characters that includes Kidd's jovial father, a golf legend in his own right; Kidd's taciturn right-hand man; and the roustabout Scottish shaper, the Da Vinci in a dozer who is the heart of Kidd's crew.

Review:

"[T]he story itself will enthrall those with an interest in golf history and architecture." Booklist

About the Author

David McLay Kidd is among the most talented and sought-after golf course architects today. Born and raised in Scotland, Kidd's acclaimed designs include Bandon Dunes in Oregon, Nanea on Hawaiis Big Island, suburban Londons ultra-exclusive Queenwood Club, and the most coveted commission in recent memory: the Castle Course in the Home of Golf, St. Andrews, Scotland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592403226
Subtitle:
How Scotsman David McLay Kidd and His Ragtag Band Built theFirst New Course onGolf's Holy Soil in Nearly a Century
Author:
Gummer, Scott
Publisher:
Gotham
Subject:
History
Subject:
Project management
Subject:
Golf - General
Subject:
Golf
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20071004
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.24x6.34x1.07 in. 1.19 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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