The Seventh at St. Andrews: How Scotsman David McLay Kidd and His Ragtag Band Built theFirst New Course onGolf's Holy Soil in Nearly a Centuryby Scott Gummer
When it was announced that the town of St. Andrews-the "Home of Golf"-planned to build its first public championship course since 1914, a young course architect and native Scotsman named David McLay Kidd beat out all comers to earn the right. Kidd and his dream team then fashioned the most anticipated new course in golf history, the Castle Course. Behind the scenes, personality clashes, pint-fueled tirades, creative conflicts, and bureaucratic red tape combined to make the experience at once maddening and unforgettable.
In The Seventh at St. Andrews, journalist Scott Gummer chronicles how David Kidd and a band of diverse artists came together on a derelict potato farm and unearthed a field of golfing dreams. This, despite never-ending obstacles that ran the gamut from having to hide a massive sewage plant to finding buried treasure, creating a right-of-way for cows, enduring life-threatening medical emergencies, and surviving the circus that is The Open Championship.
The adventure comes to life in unexpected and vivid detail through the eyes of a rich cast of characters: Kidd, the hard-driven, sharp-tongued taskmaster whose name and neck are on the line; the cutup father he longs to please; Kidd's enigmatic clients; his relentless right-hand man; and his motley crew, led by a hardscrabble "da Vinci with a dozer." A breathtaking portrait of passion and vision against the longest of odds, The Seventh at St. Andrews is golf history in the making.
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- 14 Years
Meet the Author
Scot Gummer has written for over forty different magazines, including Vanity Fair, LIFE, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Travel + Leisure Golf, Golf Digest, and GOLF. Prior to embarking on this book he was a senior writer with GOLF and also contributed to comedian George Lopez's New York Times bestseller Why You Crying? He works and plays a middling game of golf in the California wine country.
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