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A new book celebrating the most scenic golf courses in the British Isles will provide a welcome boost to the coffers at Traigh Golf Course, near Morar, which is listed in the publication alongside some of the most famous courses in world golf.
Written and illustrated by the joint owner of Traigh Farm and Golf Course, David Shaw Stewart, Views from the Tee is a handy illustrated guide to some of the most fun, interesting and challenging courses in Britain and Ireland.
The book will not only provide a boost to Traigh’s reputation as a must-visit golf destination, but golfers at the west coast course can expect to see some benefit as all proceeds of its sales will be invested back into the running of the course.
David, now one of four joint owners of the course, along with his brother Patrick, after inheriting it from his father Jack Shaw at the end of 2013, described the West Lochaber course as his ‘favourite course in all the world’ and ‘a delight in every sort of weather’, albeit a bit challenging.
In an excerpt from the book, David wrote: ‘The new course was my dear father Jack’s great vision and I think of it as his memorial, giving a huge amount of happiness to the many golfers who have played there.’
The course, which looks out of Morar sands toward the Small Isles, Eigg, Rum and Muck, has been a home for golfers in the area since around 1900. It was originally a private course, only for the use of the owners and their friends, and it was cramped, with several fairways crossing over each other.
This all changed when David’s father Jack redesigned the course in 1993 with the help of well-known Scottish golf architect, Johnny Salvesen, and Arisaig native Jimmy MacDonald MBE, who was head greenkeeper at Royal Lytham and St Annes.
David, a passionate and oft-frustrated golfer, swung his first club at Traigh Golf Course and feels it is a ‘privilege’ to jointly own and maintain the spectacular nine hole links.
And now, thanks to the assistance of his wife as editorial caddy, his son Gus who designed the website and particularly his daughter Xa, who planned, edited and designed the book, David can share his love of the course with golfers around the country.
He is thankful to Traigh Golf Club, and in particular club captain Chris Lemons, who have been very supportive of the book’s publication.
The book is being sold through the website viewsfromthetee.com with all proceeds going to Traigh Golf Course. It is also available at Traigh Golf course clubhouse and from Mallaig Visitor Centre, where Johnny Macmillan will ensure all proceeds go to the course.
Views from the Tee, written and illustrated by David Shaw Stewart. NO F44 View from the Tee
One of David’s illustrations of Traigh Golf Course in the new book. NO F44 Traigh Golf 02
Author and illustrator David Shaw Stewart painting at Traigh. NO F44 Traigh Golf 05
Looking out to Skye and the Small Isles, Traigh is considered one of the most scenic golf courses in the country. NO F44 Traigh Golf 03