McKellar #7 was printed in Duluth, MN in April 2023. We’re excited to offer our readers this diverse collection of stories, which span the globe from North Berwick to Hawaii, Holland to Japan and far beyond. Below are sketches of just a few of the pieces in our latest issue.
McKellar #7 is available for single-issue sales.
The origins of LIV Golf are sometimes traced to Greg Norman’s ill-fated attempt to establish a world golf tour in the 1990s, but the case can be made that its roots go back another two decades. Australian journalist Robert Lusetich files a fascinating analysis of the disruptive forces unleashed on the sport of cricket by media mogul Kerry Packer in the 1970s, and the parallels with today’s battle for pro golf are impossible to ignore.
Rockets Over the Wild Farm
Royal Hague Golf Club is home to one of the finest golf courses in Continental Europe—a C.H. Alison linksland masterpiece. Stephen Zivin became fascinated with its background story during a casual visit in 2022, and in researching the life of club founder Daniel Wolf, he uncovered a World War II story laden with drama and tragedy. Wolf had spent the 1930s combating the rise of Fascism, making his magnificent estate a prime target for the Nazis. Zivin traces personal correspondence and news reports to reveal how he and Alison raced to finish their golf course in the face of an unthinkable threat.
A Day in North Berwick
McKellar’s brief to acclaimed Edinburgh photographer Murdo MacLeod was simple in concept, but perhaps not that easy in execution: Show us a side of North Berwick we’ve never seen before. MacLeod hiked Berwick Law and wandered the coastal side streets in pursuit of that mission, returning with a colorful photo essay that allows us to rediscover one of our favorite places as both a golf mecca and a thriving working village.
Bad Breaks at the “U.S. Masters”
Morrissey once crooned, “We hate it when our friends become successful,” but Tony Dear demonstrates the difficulty of taking that position when the friend in question is Richard Osman. Growing up together in London’s southern suburbs, the future golf writer looked on as Osman landed a national golf magazine column while still in high school—the beginning of a journey that now finds Osman as a best-selling author and one of the UK’s most popular TV producers and presenters. “Bad Breaks at the ‘U.S. Masters'” is a warm-hearted profile that takes the reader through triumphs and turfed tee shots alike, proving that old friends are worth their weight (or perhaps in the case of the 6’8″ Osman, their height) in gold.