If you’ve read Michael Murphy’s 1972 novel Golf in the Kingdom, then you’ve probably surmised that one of its quirky characters—Seamus MacDuff—was the inspiration for our company name. So when the Shivas Irons Society (the organization formed by devotees of that classic book) called a newly-released novel “a twist on and a more modern version” of Murphy’s mystical tale and gave it five stars, we were intrigued.
We think you’ll be intrigued, too.
This new book, Machrihanish, was written by long-time golf writer Dan Miller. Up until a year ago, Dan was based out of Los Angeles. Now, he’s set up shop in Scotland where he’s exploring and blogging about authentic links courses, including many off the beaten trail. Nice gig if you can get it.
Most of us, alas, can’t follow in Dan’s footsteps. But at least we can read his book. To once again quote the Shivas Irons Society, it’s “teeming with love for the spirit of golf and it vividly takes the reader to Scotland.” Allan McAllister Ferguson, author of Golf in Scotland: A Travel-Planning Guide, calls Machrihanish “a minor miracle—a ‘golf book’ that rises to a higher level of meaning. Superb.” Kirkus Reviews says “this blend of emotional epiphany and golf fandom makes for an enjoyable read.” San Francisco Book Review’s summary: “A charming tale about growing, golf and the game of life.” Dan, himself, calls his father-daughter story a “5,000-mile journey that spans continents, cultures, genders and generations.” Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated writer and author of To the Linksland, describes it as "spirited and transporting."
We think it takes dead aim at the heart and soul of the game. That’s what Seamus Golf is all about, too.
So in a bit of a departure from our normal product offerings, we’re making a limited run of autographed copies of Machrihanish available to our loyal customers through our online catalogue…