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Dear Member,

As a good number of you will by now know, the redesign of our golf course has been in the very capable hands of Scott Macpherson Golf Design SMGD, with Scott himself in fact. What you may not be aware of its that Scott has recently published a fascinating and insightful book entitled ‘The Evolution Of The Old Course’. Published in hardback in this detailed and comprehensive study of golf’s holy grail, Scott takes the reader on a journey of discovery from golf’s past to its future.This book charts for the first time the nature of changes to the course since 1821. It describes in chronological order the reasons behind those changes and explains how the best players have won in St Andrews. We see not only the way in which early remodelling of the Old Course changed the game itself, but also how the course has adapted to almost two centuries of considerable technological change to both the ball and club as well as huge leaps in the skill and strength of players.

This important study illuminates the significant issues facing golf at St Andrews, which not only affect the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and its members, but also course designers, club and ball manufacturers, green keepers, rules officials, golf clubs and players everywhere.
The book has 256 pages and features hundreds of colour photos, prints of the most significant maps of the Old Course, scorecards of Open Championships, detailed drawings, plans and photos illustrating the fascinating changes to this most remarkable golf course. And perhaps the piece d’resistance is a four-page fold-out of the lengths of the course, and detailed data from all the Open championships held in St Andrews.

Scott has kindly offered to give a ‘golfers’ discount to any RMGC member that wishes to buy a copy, reducing the price from €100 to €75. Ideal as a present for birthday’s Christmas or just as a present to oneself, limited copies are now available in the RMGC pro shop.
Now that you have sampled Scott’s new golf holes, why not call, email, or shop in person to secure your copy of his excellent book.

Yours in golf,
Paul Stoner
Royal Malta Golf Club.
18th October 2023