Photo Essay

Golf Place: St Andrews through the lens of Kevin Murray

Words by
Dan Davies
Golf Place: St Andrews through the lens of Kevin Murray

Kevin Murray is one of the finest golf course photographers at work today. He has a long history with St Andrews, which began with his first round on the Old Course. It was a fairly inauspicious experience: after getting lucky in the ballot he played through a howling gale that was so strong even his caddie advised against it. "I came off thinking I'd be happy never to see the place again," he laughs.

After this rocky start, his love for the town, its courses and landmarks began to bloom through his work with the St Andrews Links Trust. To whet your appetite for what is shaping up to be a truly memorable 150th Open Championship, we asked Kevin to make a selection of his favourite images of the Home of Golf – or as the street sign says: Golf Place.


An unusual view of the Auld Grey Toon across the sands. Photo by Kevin Murray.

The distinctive curves of Swilcan Burn, traversing holes 1 and 18. Photo by Kevin Murray.

An aerial view of the famous Swilcan Bridge. Photo by Kevin Murray.

Huge crowds will pay tribute to Tiger Woods as he crosses that bridge this year. Photo by Kevin Murray.

Greenkeepers at work on the Old Course. Photograph by Kevin Murray.

The light throws the subtle undulations of the links into relief, while the view of the town pulls players across the inward nine. Photograph by Kevin Murray.

For those playing in contention at the 150th Open, it all leads to this point. Photograph by Kevin Murray.

The Old Course is magical for so many reasons nor least the fact it starts and finishes in the town. Photograph by Kevin Murray.

Preparations continue for the 150th Open Championship. Photograph by Kevin Murray.

And within a matter of weeks St Andrews and the Old Course will return to normal, with golfing mortals following in the footsteps of the game's giants. Here, a wonderful view of the par 4 11th at dusk. Photograph by Kevin Murray.

We are very proud to be able to showcase Kevin's images on our website and in Clippd communications. For more stunning pictures, and details of Kevin's book 'Adventures in Golf', visit Kevin

Kevin Murray (centre) with a few familiar faces, all of whom have their names on the trophy all golfers want to win at St Andrews.