Issue 3

We’re confident that McKellar #3 will prove to have been well worth the wait. Here is just a sample of the many and varied stories from our stable of world class writers.


Ansel Adams

The Master in Yosemite


Ansel Adams achieved global fame for his awe-inspiring image of Yosemite National Park. Human subjects are seldom present in his work, but in 1929, the young photographer conducted a session documenting golfers in Yosemite. Until McKellar discovered them, these photos had never before been published. Sam Stephenson tells their story, and explains their meaning in the context of Adams’ legendary career.

Santa Anita Golf Course - California

The Legend of Santa Anita


Everything you need to know about the past, present and future of golf architecture can be found on 147 acres in Arcadia, California. In a story destined to reshape how we think about modern golf course architecture, Geoff Shackelford and Tommy Naccarato tell the story of Santa Anita Golf Course, built in the 1930s under the auspices of Roosevelt’s WPA and designed by “one-hit wonder” James Harrison Smith.

Belle Of The Ball

Belle Of The Ball


Belle Robertson is considered to be one of Scotland’s best ever career amateurs, a two-time Curtis Cup captain and former British Ladies Champion who eschewed the professional game to stay close to home and her roots in Argyle. Award-winning war correspondent Audrey Gillan travels to the Mull of Kintyre to speak to Belle, now in her eighties, about her life, her golfing legacy and wonderful linkslands of Dunaverty, the golf course that gave birth to her game.

Harold Riley Exclusive

Figures in the Landscape


Over the course of an illustrious career, painter and illustrator Harold Riley has documented the life of his hometown of Salford, just outside of Manchester, England, and rendered portraits of leaders from John F. Kennedy to Nelson Mandela. Golf has been another of Riley’s lifelong passions. He attended 53 consecutive Open Championships, training his eye on players from Hogan to Els. Dan Davies returns to the pages of McKellar with a richly observed profile of one of golf’s most brilliant living artists.