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History, Sport
Arena Sport
Publication Date
22 August 2013
Hardback (also available as an eBook)
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Birlinn Limited

Jewel in the Glen

Gleneagles, Golf and the Ryder Cup



eBook also available from the iBookstore

Ed talks about the history of The Ryder Cup:

'Fantastic book. It's a great read and I would highly recommend it' – Colin Montgomerie

‘If you are going to write about this place and the golfers who walked its storied fairways, you cannot afford to produce anything other than a world-class publication. And that is precisely what Ed Hodge and his publishers, Birlinn Books, have done with Jewel in the Glen: Gleneagles, Golf and The Ryder Cup . . . Hodge, a former Gleneagles caddie, has written a book as classy as its subject. A gem’ – Daily Record

'Ed has produced a beautifully packaged and illustrated book, a story about Gleneagles, its history, its golf and of course its upcoming Ryder Cup. Wonderful photographs both past and present, a great story about a wonderful destination not only for golf but for leisure. Well done, Ed' – Sir Jackie Stewart, three-time Formula One World Champion

‘This beautiful publication appears to match the majesty of Gleneagles itself and depict our wonderful game – and Samuel Ryder’s legacy – in the manner most deserving' -- Ken Schofield, former European Tour chief executive.

'I have always thought Gleneagles is one of the greatest places in the world to play golf' - Jack Nicklaus

'An informative and entertaining read, it certainly whets the appetite for a great competition next year' – Alex Salmond

'Ed paints a unique portrait of Gleneagles, Scottish golf and the history of the Ryder Cup' – Perthshire Advertiser

‘[B]rilliantly sets the scene for next year’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles with a seductive mixture of interview, anecdote and history’ – Herald

'In his engaging, polished publication Jewel in the Glen, Ed Hodge traces the Ryder Cup's Gleneagles connections and unearths one or two gems' – Herald

‘Ed Hodge has scored a hole in one with this book . . . a varied and detailed analysis of what the Ryder Cup and Gleneagles golf courses have meant to so many great players and famous people with memories to share’ – Scots Magazine

'Hodge entertainingly recounts the history of the cup' – Scotsman

The Ryder Cup is coming back to its spiritual home. The 40th staging of golf's showpiece team event is returning to Gleneagles - where it effectively all began. Ed Hodge's book tells the intertwining stories of the Ryder Cup and of golf at Gleneagles, from the USA v GB match in 1921 that sparked a rivalry for the ages, all the way to the latest installment of an international sporting phenomenon in the 90th year of the iconic hotel. Tracing the history of the Ryder Cup back to that first forerunner encounter at Gleneagles in 1921, Ed Hodge interviews an array of national and international celebrities, from Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Paul McGinley, Sam Torrance, Sandy Lyle, Bernard Gallacher and Peter Alliss to Andy Murray, Kenny Dalglish, Stephen Hendry, Gavin Hastings and Sir Jackie Stewart, revealing what Gleneagles and the Ryder Cup means to them while examining the impact that the tournament will have on the local community and the wider Scottish society, culture and economy.

With a foreword by Jack Nicklaus, the greatest golfer of all time and the designer of the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles, as well as a hole-by-hole guide to the course by Ryder Cup legend, Colin Montgomerie, Jewel in the Glen paints a unique portrait of Gleneagles, Scottish golf and the history of the Ryder Cup.

Ed Hodge talks Gleneagles and the Ryder Cup on radio:

Jewel in the Glen is published in association with The Gleneagles Hotel.

Look inside this book:


Ed Hodge grew up in Perthshire, is a former Gleneagles caddy and employee and has enjoyed a writing relationship with the five-star resort for a number of years. A University of St Andrews modern history graduate with 11 years previous experience as a sports writer in Scotland, Ed is now PR & Media Executive for the Scottish Golf Union. Jewel in the Glen is his first book.

Jack Nicklaus is globally regarded as the greatest golfer of all time. Together with fellow American Arnold Palmer and South African Gary Player, known as the "Big Three", he is credited with turning golf into the major spectator sport it has become. Nicklaus was a key driver of change for the Ryder Cup, proposing the inclusion of European players to try to even up the competition after another comfortable win for the US over Great Britain in 1977; his influence will be as keenly felt at Gleneagles in 2014 after designing a number of changes to the PGA Centenary Course, where the battle for the Ryder Cup will be fought.