McKellar #3, like Issue #1, was printed in Brainerd, Minn. It featured a substantially larger print run than our first two editions, of which a few hundred copies remain. Though it is dated “Winter 2020”, it was actually published before the pandemic changed the world.
From an art- and photography standpoint, this might be our best issue to date. McKellar co-founder Thomas Dunne spent almost a year wrangling with the Ansel Adams estate to secure permission to publish a portfolio of never-before-seen Yosemite golf landscapes from the iconic photographer. This was followed by the unforgettable set of sketches from British artist Harold Riley.
It’s simply an amazing issue–one that has “collector’s item” written all over it. McKellar #3 is available for single-issue sales at the reduced rate of $10, or as part of the Box Set.
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.
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 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.
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.