It is said Bernard Darwin invented golf writing as we know it today. He was the first golf writer to transcribe facts and figures into a branch of literary journalism and he did so with style, wit and an ability to turn a phrase.
Born September 7, 1876 in Downe, Kent, England, Darwin’s grandfather was Charles Darwin, the great naturalist, who proposed the theory of evolution. Bernard never trained as a journalist. After graduating from Cambridge with a law degree (where he played on the university golf team and was captain his senior year), he practiced law in London for a few years. Eventually, golf overcame Darwin and he gave up his law career. Despite no formal training, he embarked on a new path writing about golf for various publications.
“Once Darwin dipped his toe into golf writing, the reports he produced regularly for The Times of London over a 45-year period and his ruminative essays for the weekly Country Life possessed a quality that no one else has ever approached,” wrote fellow Hall of fame writer Herbert Warren Wind. “We are simply very lucky that a man of his high talent was so smitten by golf that he wrote endlessly about it.”