If golf is your sport, you must definitely know that St. Andrews, Scotland, is considered the home of this sport. Counting on this esteemed status of the region, famous golf photographer and St. Andrews resident, Iain Macfarlane Lowe, has teamed up with golf authority George Peper to create a limited edition collector’s volume christened the Golf Links of Scotland. This limited-edition collector’s volume is an ultra-luxe, hand-tooled leather-bound book that gives a hole-by-hole tour of the revered Old Course at St. Andrews and also pays tribute to 18 other top Scottish seaside links. This luxurious volume on the home of golf will be published on September 14th. Priced at $4,600, this volume is the most expensive golf book ever published. Only 150 copies of this book will be made, out of which 145 will be made available for purchase. The precious book’s leather binding is embellished with a 23-carat gold leaf inlay that includes four thistles on the cover corners.
It should be noted that the book is actually a combination of two books that have been compiled covers the 18 other Scottish coastline links in the span of 170 pages of expressive text, playing tips, and photographs. What is more, Lowe has signed and numbered an exclusive, unpublished photograph printed on the highest quality fine art paper and bound into each of the 145 books that will be made available for sale. Four spectacular double-gatefolds (50” x 12”) are also inserted to give the reader an even closer look at some of these renowned courses.
With Lowe’s photography and Peper’s prose and insights, this book makes for the best read for the golfer who wishes to appreciate the character of every hole at the venerable Old Course. The book features innovative transparent overlays on aerial shots that offer useful play lines and yardages for all 18 holes, along with the professional tips that serve as a guide to negotiate the course. Lowe has spent over four years photographing the course.
The book will reside in a handmade clamshell case. Sure to make for a priceless collector’s item, this book will cost $5,000 after Jan 1st, 2011. For more information click here.