For the love of golf
James Braid was a Scottish lad with a passion for golf but his parents disapproved of his early ambitions to become a golfer. Consequently the young Braid was sent to become an apprentice carpenter. Yet as soon as he came of age, he moved to London where he worked as a club maker before qualifying for his first Open Golf Championship at Sandwich in 1894. His success as a professional golfer was phenomenal, winning the Open no fewer than 5 times.
His career as a golfer was equalled only by his success as a course designer. Having designed hundreds of golf courses across the UK and Ireland, the Braid name is synonymous with course design principles that, since he published them in the early 20th century, have been changed little to this day.