Many golfers will already be aware of Tommy's Honour, a film about one of St Andrews most famous sons which is to get a red carpet screening its UK premiere in the old town itself at the New Picture House on June 30th 2017.
And the stars are expected to attend the special summer event including Peter Mullan and Sam Neill and director Jason Connery, son of the legendary actor, Sir Sean. The World Premeire was held in 2016 as part of the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Shot on location across the country, the film tells the captivating and true story of the pioneering father and son duo Old Tom and Young Tommy Morris, the founders of modern golf in Scotland.
Director of Events at VisitScotland, Paul Bush said: “Tommy’s Honour celebrates Scotland’s beginnings as the home of golf, an accolade we are proud of to this day. The stunning shots of Scotland’s east coast absolutely highlight why we are the perfect stage for golfing events and much more.”
And it's true, the list of locations (see the PDF below) showcase Scotland and itd golfing gems perfectly but it is first and foremost about the man himself albeit in the context of what would become known as The Home of Golf.
Morris played a role in designing courses across not only Scotland but the whole of the British Isles.
He helped with Carnoustie in 1842 and his subsequent guile and craft can be seen to this day at Kinghorn Golf Club, Prestwick, Muirfield, Machrihanish, the Jubilee Course at St Andrews, Balcomie at Crail, Moray, Askernish in South Uist, Lahinch and Rosapenna in Ireland, Warkworth and Royal North Devon Golf Club (Westward Ho!) in England, King Edward Bay Golf Club in the Isle of Man and the Castletown Golf Club in the Isle of Man.
As well as golf design, Morris is also recognised as the father of modern greenkeeping having introduced the concept of top-dressing greens with sand to aid turf growth, actively managing hazards (in the past, bunkers and the like were largely left to their own devices, becoming truly "hazardous") and yardage markers.
He was the first to use a push mower to cut greens and he is credited with improving play at St Andrews by widening fairways to handle increased play, better greens and establishing separate teeing areas on each hole.
Add to that his four Open Championship titles and you would have to say that the creation of a movie was perhaps somewhat overdue!
Tommy's Honour opened in The States in April and is available for viewing excluslively, we understand, on The Golf Channel. It opens in the UK in June.
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