Publication of the 2001 edition of The Royal & Ancient Golfer’s Handbook has been brought forward this year and the book is already available from book sellers at £20.00. In previous years the book has been published in the month of May and has cost £25.00
Edited by Renton Laidlaw, formerly golf correspondent for The Evening Standard and now a prolific golf writer and broadcaster, The Golfer’s Handbook is sponsored annually by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and published by Macmillan. It is widely acknowledged to be the most authoritative one-volume reference book on golf. Comprehensively updated and revised annually it provides detailed, accurate and fascinating information on all aspects of the game.
The new edition includes:
- Review of the Majors
- The Rules of Golf
- UK & Europe clubs and courses
- Tournament results
- Competition dates for 2001
- Who’s Who in Golf
In addition there are special features on the amateur and women’s scenes, Tiger Wood’s impact on the game, the British PGA in their centenary year and a historical look at Royal Lytham and St Annes, venue for the 2001 Open Championship.
The Golfer’s Handbook, first published in 1899, contains more than 950 pages. Early editions, just like early editions of “Wisden” – the cricketer’s equivalent, are highly sought after. Several examples will be sold at the Phillips Golfing Memorabilia sale at Chester on 20th January where a near fine copy of the 1924 edition is estimated at £120 – £140.