Arnaud Massy was a famous French golfing Champion winning the French Open four times between 1906 to 1925. He also won the British Open in 1907 and the Spanish Open in 1911, 1927 and 1928, plus many other major tournaments throughout his illustrious golfing career.
This book details various subjects such as Advice to beginners, names and descriptions of the various clubs and how to use them, the grip, faults to avoid, laying out a golf course, plus other items of interest.
Written by Arnauld Massy and translated by A.R. Allison. There are 160 pages including thirteen diagrams and twelve images and the index. Published by Methuen & Co, London.
The condition of the book is good. A few pages show some foxing (brown) marks but all the text is perfectly legible. The outer red hardback cover is in good condition and all the pages remain well bound. The spine has some ‘bump’ marks to the top and bottom edges and is slightly faded caused by sunlight whilst sitting on a shelf. There is no dust jacket.
There is a hand written signature inside the front cover. There are no written notes to the text pages.
The book measures 7.75” deep x5” wide. (20cm x 13cm)
Arnaud George Watson Massy was born in Biarritz, France on 6th July 1877. After leaving school at the age of 14 he was employed as a Sardine fisherman and during his spare time he caddied for players at Biarritz Golf Club. These included some well known players such as Horace Hutchinson, Charles Hutchings and Everard Hambro. It was the latter who invited Massy to North Berwick New Club when he was 21 years old.
Hambro arranged for Massy to learn the art of club making in the James Hutchinson workshop. He was eventually granted a professional licence on the West Links in 1899. He returned to the West Links on numerous occasions during the summer season where he gave teaching lessons. He was a very well liked figure with all the players.
In 1903 he joined the PGA and listed his employment as the assistant to Ben Sayers who was already a well known player at that period. During the same year he married Janet Punton Henderson from North Berwick.
Massy won the French Open four times between 1906 to 1925. He also won the British Open in 1907 and the Spanish Open in 1911, 1927 and 1928, plus many other major tournaments throughout his illustrious golfing career. In 1908 he won the first professional tournament to be held at Turnberry and in 1909 he won the professional competition held for the opening of Pitlochry Golf Club. He won the Belgium Open in 1910 and the first professional tournament at the opening of the Monte Carlo course.
After winning the British Open at Hoylake in appalling weather conditions he was informed that his wife had given birth to their daughter so he cut short the golf celebrations to rush back to North Berwick. When he and his good friend Ben Sayers arrived back in North Berwick there was a large crowd of well wishers and a carriage to take him home. The daughter was named Margot Lockhart Hoylake Massy. He had two other daughters.
During the Great War he joined the French Army and was wounded at Verdun whilst attached to the grenade company.
In the late 1930’s he was the private professional to the Pasha of Marakesh in Morocco.
Upon his death on 16th April 1950 whilst working at the Golf D’ Etretat in Normandy, his daughter Margot had his body returned to Edinburgh where he was buried with his wife who had passed away in 1935.