Cannon on the Castle
David Cannon's Golf Courses: Great Britain and Ireland
Everyone knows the Old Course, arguably the most famous piece of golfing terrain on the planet, but there are in fact another six courses, all of which are open to the public, which fall under the banner of the St Andrews Links. Together they form the largest public golf complex in Europe.
The seventh of these layouts is the Castle Course, which opened for play in 2008 and was the first course to have opened in St Andrews for nearly a century. Designed by David McLay Kidd, the course is a rugged clifftop challenge, one that is very much exposed to the elements – as is highlighted in photographer David Cannon's latest book, Golf Courses: Britain and Ireland.
"This was one of the great days for seaside photography," says Cannon. "I was shooting at the 2010 Dunhill Links Championship but play had been suspended because of 80mph winds, so I drove up to the Castle Course. It was an opportunity to catch the sea at its best with the flags barely able to stay in the ground. The 17th and 18th holes rival the views of any finish in the world. I was lucky to be able to hold the camera still enough to capture this picture of the par-5 finishing hole."
David Cannon's Golf Courses: Britain and Ireland is published by Rizzoli and is priced at US$195. Available at all good online book stores it also features an introduction by Padraig Harrington and further texts by Sir Nick Faldo and Peter Alliss.
Written by The Editors
Photography by David Cannon
Robin Moyer talks to 1990 Hong Kong Open champion Ken Green, who despite losing part of his leg in a tragic crash four years ago, has triumphed over adversity by getting back on the course and playing the game he loves
Frank Nobilo, the golfer-turned-TV analyst, talks about his victory at the first championship since The Handover – the 1997 Hong Kong Open
Lewine Mair talks to the young American Peter Uihlein, who unlike his fellow countrymen at least, is following a road less travelled
The much-travelled commentator, Hong Kong-based Julian Tutt, brings us another colourful look behind the scenes at life on the European Tour
Charlie Schroeder takes a look at the latest new gear to have hit the shelves
Having witnessed the ill-tempered events at August’s Solheim Cup at first hand, Lewine Mair takes a look at the declining standards of etiquette in the professional and amateur codes
At the age of just 16, amateur Lydia Ko has taken women’s professional golf by storm. James Henderson talks to her coach Guy Wilson about the secrets to her success
In his latest installment, commentator Julian Tutt looks ahead to the 2014 Ryder Cup, which will be played at the Gleneagles Hotel at the height of the Scottish autumn, recounts his experience on Tour in the Netherlands, examines :Oscillate-gate" and remembers the day he fell foul of Tiger and his agent.
Golf wouldn't be the same without these equipment breakthroughs
Inbee Park, the hottest player in the game this year, is as gracious and delightful off the course as she is brilliant on it