Compiled and edited by H.R.J.Grant and D.M.Wilson, III
200 copies, numbered, slipcase, 2018
Golf was formalized at Machrihanish on the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland in the 1870s when the Kintyre Golf Club became the Machrihanish Golf Club. When Old Tom Morris was commissioned in1879 to extend the Links from 12 holes to 18 holes, perhaps he did not recognize then that the venue in Machrihanish would become an enduring destination for golf pilgrims.
Golf writers soon came to the Peninsula to discover its attractions on fine and challenging days in a westerly wind, especially at holes like Rorke’s Drift, Balaclava or Bruach More.
Our written sources start with the very rare Lost and Won, or Fresh Golfing Pastures, written in 1883 by Rev. W.W. Tulloch under the pseudonym ‘Orion’ and conclude with several Machrihanish-centered publications from the early 20th century by anonymous authors.
Illustrated sources of art work include fine etchings and paintings from recognized artists George Aikman and John Smart, as well as other prominent artists of the era depicting Machrihanish, its shoreline and views to the majestic islands of Gigha, Islay and Jura: William McTaggart, John Campbell Mitchell and Sir James Lawton Wingate.
This book focuses upon the golfing venue at Machrihanish from important publications and art during the 1880s – 1920s. By purpose and design this publication does not relate to the Club itself.
Some of the extensive selections are sourced from:
- The Golfing Annuals
- Famous Golf Links Golfing and other Poems and Songs
- Golfer’s Guide
- British Golf Links
- Golf Illustrated
- Ugadale Arms Hotel
- Campbeltown Southend and Machrihanish