“Golfing the British Isles” by Peter Gray / Photography by Gary Lisbon


With incomparable history, unique traditions and ferociously beautiful seaside landscapes, it’s no wonder that the British Isles are home to some of the most celebrated golf courses in the world. Part amusing travelogue, part scenic showcase, Golfing the British Isles: The Weekend Warrior’s Companion (Triumph Books) brims with the same beauty, character, and sheer fun exemplified by the courses it depicts.

Author Peter Gray, a middle handicapper and weekend warrior, has nonetheless golfed his way around the UK and Ireland and has the misadventures to prove it:

  • A disaster on the legendary “Road Hole” at Old Course in St. Andrews
  • Braving gale force winds at Muirfield (characterized by locals as “a spot of bother”)
  • Being urged to drink an entire bottle of Jameson 18-year-old whiskey after a round at Lahinch to cure a fierce case of the shanks (it worked)

Featuring breathtaking photography from Gary Lisbon alongside insightful commentary and practical guidance, Golfing the British Isles will have golf enthusiasts packing their clubs, booking tee times, and charting their own pilgrimage in celebration of this singular game.

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Peter Gray is an environmental lawyer, published author, and a member of several golf architectural societies including the Donald Ross Society and the Tillinghast Association. As a longtime veteran international golf course rater for Golfweek magazine, he has rated hundreds of courses in the United States and overseas.


Gary Lisbon has been an accomplished Melbourne, Australia-based golf-course photographer for almost two decades. With an appreciation for the game’s traditions and a genuine love of the playing aspect, Gary brings a golfer’s perspective to his photography, ably demonstrated by the spectacular and enduring images from many of the world’s top golf courses.


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