An irresistible celebration of the seaside links of Scotland, with charming watercolor illustrations and a lively text. Golf had its origins in Scotland, and that country's beautiful but daunting terrain make the game very different from the cushy version played elsewhere. In Scotland golfers battle not only the willfulness of the ball but also the elements--sandy grounds with bristly gorse, unpredictable winds, and ocean-sized water hazards. Golf at the Water's Edge offers a delightful anecdotal history and tour of Scotland's seaside courses, divided into five regions: East Lothian, West Scotland, Fife, the North East, and the Highlands. Within each region are sections devoted to some of the most revered links in the world--among them, Turnberry, Royal Troon, Carnoustie, Royal Dornoch, and of course, St. Andrews. Lovely watercolor illustrations accompany each course, complemented by a labeled course plan. The book closes with an appendix of information for the traveler, including addresses, phone/fax numbers, months and hours of operation, and unusual course rules.
John McGuire, an avid golfing convert, is formerly a Professor of Architecture at the Hammons School of Architecture, Drury University and continues to serve as a guest architectural critic and lecturer. He has been published in a number of national and international publications, including "Architecture of the American Campus" for Drury Magazine and the book An Architect's Rome. Brenda McGuire shares his passion for Scotland and for golf. They spend their summers in Edinburgh.