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Ultimate Golf Book on St Andrews & Old Tom Morris

11.16am 21st April 2015 - Media

Old Tom Morris
Old Tom Morris

‘St Andrews – In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris’ is a beautiful book which details the golf history of the ancient Scottish town where Old Tom was born.

Written by Roger McStravick and designed by award winner Chic Harper, the volume is filled with rare and never before seen photographs, maps and artwork.

The Foreword by His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and a further forewords jointly penned by Angela Howe, Director of the British Golf Museum and Peter E. Crabtree, co-author of Tom Morris of St Andrews, The Colossus of Golf, 1821-1908.

Thanks to support from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, The University of St Andrews, St Andrews Preservation Trust, Masterworks Golf, numerous private collectors and celebrated golfing families the reader will understand how St Andrews was transformed from a decaying medieval city to the ‘Grand Metropolis of Golf – fit for a King’.

What it’s about

With new findings and stunning old images, ‘St Andrews – In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris’ is an in depth history of the town. Starting at the Tom Morris house at 6 Pilmour Links, the reader is guided around St Andrews, noting for the first time the residences of historic figures on the way.

In addition to St Andrews and Old Tom Morris, there are new discoveries and detail on Allan Robertson, Hugh Philp, Robert Forgan, 3-times Open Champion Jamie Anderson and his father Auld Daw, the Strath family, Miss Agnes Grainger, the Rusack family, James Wilson, Captain Broughton, Robert Chambers, Sir Hugh Lyon Playfair, George Bruce, H.S.C. Everard, Andrew Lang, James Ogilvy Fairlie and the Dempster family, to name a small selection.

As the book guides the reader past organisations like The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews or the St Andrews Ladies Putting Club, glorious sepia images and old colour photographs illustrate their story.

The book rightly ends at Tom Morris’ grave in the Cathedral cemetery. He gave so much to the town and it was his indomitable efforts, along with the careful management of figures such as Playfair and organisations like The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, which combined together, has made St Andrews so rightly revered as the Home of Golf today.


Roger McStravick is a golf history writer, who has written for The British Golf Collectors’ Society’s Through The Green, Golf Illustrated, HK Golfer plus organisations such as the Ladies Golf Union and St Andrews Links Trust. He wrote scripts for Peter Alliss’, Golf History with Peter Alliss, iPad application and was golf history advisor for Jean Van De Velde’s show on the Golf Channel. He has been commissioned to write A History of Golf and The Fine Art of Golf. With a Masters in Golf Course Architecture, Roger lives in St Andrews and is an avid collector of rare books on St Andrews.


Chic Harper is an award winning graphic designer and keen golfer. Over the last 30 years, Chic has been responsible for the creation of numerous well-known brand identities, national blue chip advertising campaigns, packaging and print. More recently, his foray into the design of golf-related books has earned him accolades from The British Golf Collectors Society and the USPGA, and respect from golf collectors worldwide.

A percentage of the books sales will go to the St Andrews Preservation Trust, who work tirelessly to both preserve and enthusiastically share the history of the town.

The Collectors’ Edition – £295

This thread sewn, case bound Wibalin edition is strictly limited to 250 copies.

The 79 Edition – £395

There are 79 copies only of the exclusive edition. This number reflects Tom and Allan’s lowest scores on the St Andrews Links.

In addition to the above specification, the 79 Edition includes:

Publication Date: 16 June 2015

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