In July 2007, the greatest golfers in the world will return to Carnoustie for the staging of its seventh Open Championship - in the hope that they might (for once) put a dent in its reputation as a "Tiger" golf course which takes no prisoners.
Scotland's leading publisher of golf course photography, Donald Ford, spent many years as a youngster on holiday in Carnoustie. His parents retired there and he and his wife are now themselves resident in Carnoustie. He has suffered as much embarrassment over the golf courses as anyone else. He is well qualified, therefore, to tell The Carnoustie Story.
Liberally laced with his wonderful photographs of Carnoustie's Championship, Burnside and Buddon courses, The Carnoustie Story is a book which lovers of Scottish links, and this unique golfing location in particular, will cherish.
To be published in hardback in May 2006, the book will be printed as a limited edition of 3000 copies - each numbered and signed by the author, with a beautifully illustrated dustjacket. You can follow this link for a summary of the Carnoustie Story.
1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie with the author at the launch of "The Carnoustie Story".
The Carnoustie DVD brings "The Carnoustie Story" to life in a spellbinding and emotional one-and-a-half-hour film. The origins of golf and the birth of the town, the background of the creation of the golf courses and their development from the sixteenth century onwards feature in black and white photographs with background commentary.
Film footage from the Open Championships at Carnoustie in 1931, 1937, 1953, 1968, 1975 and 1999 reveal all the drama for which Carnoustie has become renowned.
Stunning camera shots from all around the links, shoreline and this modest little Angus town itself, together with Donald Ford?s wonderful still photography which lit up the book, are uniquely captured in this long-overdue film about the ascendancy of a seaside golf course to the level of "the world's hardest links".
Interviews with key people involved - particularly in the twenty-odd year period when the course fell from grace, then was resurrected through the determination and persistence of the local golfing community - are all key elements of the story and are recounted with pride and passion.
The production comes as a three-part set:- a) the Carnoustie DVD is the 90 minute film of the whole enchanting story ? from the very first "green shoots" on the links right up to the present day; b) Carnoustie Golf Links professional Colin Sinclair is filmed as he attempts to repeat the legendary skills of Ben Hogan from the 1953 Open at the long 6th. Then he takes the viewer to the 14th tee, describing in detail, shot by shot, how best to attempt to cope with the closing stretch of "the hardest finish in Open Golf"; c) a CD of the musical tracks written specially for the film of "The Carnoustie Story".
Beautifully edited and directed by Simon Golding, now recognised as one of the United Kingdom's most up-and-coming sporting film directors, the Carnoustie DVD is a magnificent tribute to the community and its unsurpassed golfing links; it also recognises the enormous energies and enthusiasm of many of the characters in this little Angus town over some five hundred years. For the true golf enthusiast, it is the essential companion to the book of "The Carnoustie Story".
It is obviously asking the impossible to translate nearly 500 hundred years of Carnoustie history onto a publication measuring some 30 inches deep by 20 inches wide! Nevertheless this eye-catching poster will have terrific impact and goes a long way to reporting many of the goings-on over the links during the past century in particular.
Old black-and-whites, stunning colour pictures of the courses, together with portraits of the Open Champions at Carnoustie are interwoven within some fifty or sixty illustrations, all extracted from the 128 pages of "The Carnoustie Story".
The poster is ideal for mounting and framing and is presented in a protective tube for security or mailing. Stocks will be available around the beginning of May. Prices and ordering details can be found at http://www.donaldfordimages.com/carnoustiestory.
Before any announcement of its impending publication was made, orders for more than 850 copies of "The Carnoustie Story" had already been taken. Reserve your copy of Donald Ford's "The Carnoustie Story" today.