BOYNTON BEACH — A friend once observed to photographer Anthony Edgeworth, “I own practically every golf book there is, and none of them really capture the singular spirit of place that makes the great clubs and courses special.”
Mr. Edgeworth, by then an established lifestyle photographer, pondered this remark and acted on it. Over the course of three decades beginning in 1999, he was photographer, creative director and publisher (in collaboration with writer John de St. Jorre) of a series of books now indispensable to any golf library.
Mr. Edgeworth died March 15 with his daughter, Salome Schuttler Anheuser Edgeworth, granddaughter, Lilly Schuttler Ripley, and son-in-law Mika Michaels, of Gulf Stream, by his side at home. He was 84.
“What made Tony’s work unique,” said another good friend, writer Michael M. Thomas, on learning of Edgeworth’s death, “was that he understood these places and their courses from the inside. He himself was a member of several of them, and that gave him insights into their character that enabled him to get it right.”
Born April 21, 1936, in Dover, Delaware, Anthony Downes Edgeworth was educated at the Canterbury School and the University of Virginia, and served in Berlin with the U.S. Army.
Mr. Edgeworth studied photography with Pete Turner in New York. In the 1970s he had a photography studio on Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street where he did his magazine and advertising work — which appeared in Esquire, Town & Country, New York, Paris Match, Fortune and Travel & Leisure, among others.
From the early 1980s to 2019, Mr. Edgeworth published 14 photography books. The Guards (Crown Publishers, 1981) won him the Order of the First State from then-Gov. Pete du Pont of Delaware.
Some of his course books are Legendary Golf Clubs of Scotland, England Wales & Ireland (1999); Legendary Golf Clubs of the American East (2003); Legendary Golf Links of Ireland (2006); Legendary Golf Clubs of the American Midwest (2013); and The Deepdale Golf Club (2019).
A memorial celebration was held at the Quail Ridge Country Club on March 27.
Obituary submitted by the family