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Golf: from its Scottish Highland origins to its distinctive wardrobe, and from St Andrews Old Course to the lush greens of Augusta, the word conjures a history and a world - and this book is the perfect window onto that world. Packed with colour illustrations and photographs, it traces golf's evolution from preserve of the privileged few to aspirational pursuit of the masses, taking in the game's Victorian and Edwardian popularity and the rise of the professional sport in the twentieth century. Expert John Pearson also provides a detailed look at the evolution of golfing equipment, from the earliest feather balls and wooden clubs to the hi-tech equipment of today, and at the famous players and championships whose names are known the world over.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 144 x 206 x 8mm | 140g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 70 col
  • 0747812292
  • 9780747812296
  • 1,787,581

About John Pearson

John Pearson is the editor of `Through the Green', the magazine of the British Golf Collectors Society. The BGCS was founded in 1987 with the aim of promoting interest in the history of golf, as well as collecting items associated with its history. He is co-author and editor of three golf club histories - Cumbria Union, Writing a Golf Club History and Cecil Keitch, Champion Golfer - and writes on golf heritage for magazines in the USA, Europe and Australia. He is also Secretary to the trustees of the Women Golfers' Museum.
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Table of contents

The Ancient Game / Social Play and Early Clubs, 1744-1860 / The First Championships, 1860-1902 / Gentlemen Amateurs and a Hit in the US, 1902-20 / Stars and International Competitiions Since 1920 / Further Reading / Places to Visit / Index
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