Henry Longhurst – journalist, writer, television commentator, Member of Parliament in Westminster and a household name in the UK – was the popular and revered voice of the game of golf for more than 40 years.
After beginning his career as a writer for a small monthly golf magazine, Tee Topics, his wit and astute observations impressed the editors at the London Sunday Times who offered him the opportunity to become the golf correspondent for the newspaper. Longhurst would supply his eagerly read weekly column to the newspaper for 40 years while frequently contributing features to Golf Illustrated magazine.
In addition to his journalistic work for newspapers and magazines, he also authored several books and many of his articles have been collated in book form. With the advent of televised golf, Longhurst’s popularity, personality and knowledge of the game was the perfect fit for the airways. He was the first golf TV personality providing golf coverage for BBC television from the late 1950s until his death in 1978 and occasionally broadcast on both CBS and ABC American television.
Henry Longhurst’s illustrious career is now celebrated along with other journalists and broadcasters in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
“They say 'practice makes perfect.' Of course, it doesn't. For the vast majority of golfers, it merely consolidates imperfection.”