New Open Championship book now available

The Claret Jug, the Challenge Belt and the new book.The R&A and Getty Images have collaborated to produce The Open: Golf’s Oldest Major, a beautiful book featuring striking images of all 14 present and past Open venues, some of which have never been seen before. Each venue is introduced by world-renowned golf course architect Donald Steel, who has also contributed biographies of The Open’s greatest champions.

In addition, the book features a foreword by two-time Open Champion Arnold Palmer, and an afterword by The R&A’s Chief Executive, Peter Dawson.
 
From the introduction:
 
Since it was first played at Prestwick in Scotland in 1860, The Open Championship has come to be regarded as golf’s most prestigious event, and its trophy – the Claret Jug that has changed hands among champions since it was first presented in 1873 – the golfer’s holy grail.
 
The Open remains the sport’s most coveted championship, attracting the best players in the world to compete on the game’s most hallowed links courses. From earlier stars such as Walter Hagen, Henry Cotton and Bobby Jones through masters like Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus to the exceptional talents of today, Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington, every great champion has acknowledged the unrivalled significance of The Open – and the unique experience of playing its legendary courses.
 
In The Open: Golf’s Oldest Major – published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of The Open Championship in 2010 – The R&A and Getty Images present an astonishing photographic celebration of the game’s premier championship. Bringing together classic images of unforgettable moments in The Open’s history and including brand-new photographs by David Cannon, this beautifully illustrated book captures the spirit, the excitement and the glory of The Open, as well as the unparalleled beauty of the links courses over which it is played.
 
To order this unique piece of Open history, commemorating the 150th anniversary of one of world sport’s most significant events, click the link below.
 
Purchase your copy now.