In 1933 Alister MacKenzie put on paper his considerable golfing knowledge. One of the game's most revered course designers--he conceived Augusta National, site of the Masters, and served the hallowed links of St. Andrews for years as consulting architect--MacKenzie synthesized his thoughts on golf's history, its equipment, its personalities, and his musings on what makes a great course and what makes a great hole, into a manuscript that lay hidden for more than 60 years. Finally available, it stands as one of the most courtly and cultivated treatises ever written on the royal and ancient game. His concepts of the psychology of design are as apt today as when he penned them, and his anecdotal spinnings on his own golfing trials should inspire anyone who's thought of picking up a club. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"If golf has had a true renaissance man, surely it was Alister MacKenzie....MacKenzie's prose sparkles as much today as it did 60 years ago."
"The Spirit of St. Andrews may have been written sixty years ago, but much of its content is timeless. MacKenzie never minces words, and his views on golf, golfers, and courses remind us that he was not only a brilliant architect but one of the most provocative characters the game has produced."
--George Peper, Editor-in-Chief, GOLF Magazine
"Alister MacKenzie believed that the chief object of a golf architect should be 'to imitate beauties of nature so closely as to make his work indistinguishable from Nature herself.' He showed us the way in this regard....I am lucky to have the book in my library."
--Michael Murphy, author of Golf in the Kingdom and The Kingdom of Shivas Irons
"In golf-as-religion circles, [the publication of The Spirit of St. Andrews] might be likened to the discovery of another Dead Sea scroll....It's a large dose of common sense about what makes a golf course interesting and fun."
--Wall Street Journal
"The Spirit" is a testament to the genius of Alister MacKenzie. His design has stood the test of time and this book lets the reader inside him mind. Awesome bookPublished 1 month ago by Bogey
Some amazing insight into one of the greatest there ever was. Not really surprising that Mackenzie spoke at length about the issues effecting the game regarding technology and now... Read morePublished 4 months ago by SAM BUSH
Mackenzie makes good observations about golf course design which I feel are still applicable today... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Francis Murdoch
I went into this book thinking that it was solely going to be about St. Andrews, but it is definitely not. Read morePublished 19 months ago by R. Arbuthnot
If you want to better understand golf courses and the philosophy of their design, this is the book. Mackenzie is the master.Published 21 months ago by david crooker
I love historical gaming and thought this book would help in my research on the game of golf. I am not a golf fan but like miniature golf. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Patricia A. Sowers
It is not very interesting. He repeats his few insights numerous times and it is so dated as to be irrelavant today. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Barbara Bower