Need a last minute gift?

The Bond Legacy makes an excellent gift. It is available on Amazon and at a special price at St Mellion and Lanhydrock Golf Clubs, and in some local book shops

St Mellion – The Bond Legacy is celebrating its second Christmas with a surprise surge of interest, thanks to the Duke of York. Prince Andrew, features in the book. How he came to be there in May 1994 immediately after the 24th Benson & Hedges International Open and what happened that day is recalled in intricate detail in the chapter “THE ROYAL CHIP AND BALL”.

Another surprise for the co-authors Michael Taylor and Paddy Flavin has been the worldwide appeal of the book. The book has been purchased all around the world which demonstrates that St Mellion, is a global attraction.”

People have been reading St Mellion – The Bond Legacy in far flung places like Australia, Canada, the USA, Barbados and Hungary as well as in the UK and Ireland.

Speaking of Ireland, Michael was recently “back home” in the North and went to Royal Portrush, the host club of 2019 Open Championship , with signed copies of the book for leading figures at the club, including lady captain Nicky Smyth.

Nicky commented: “This is an inspirational book about the Bond brothers and the evolution of the St Mellion Resort and I wish Paddy and Michael and the book ‘good luck’.

Happy New Year – and enjoy the book!

And the years fly by, in the blink of an eye.

July 10, 2019 marks the 31st anniversary of the never-to-be-forgotten official opening of the greatest golfer that ever was, Jack Nicklaus’s first course in the UK at St Mellion in Cornwall.
The Golden Bear still holds a special place in his heart for St Mellion and it only happened because of the vision, focus, determination and audacity of the Cornish farming brothers Martin and Hermon Bond and the “bond” and close friendship they forged with Jack.
The Bonds made it happen and, as they say, the rest is history.
And that remarkable and incredible story is captured in its entirety for the first and only time uniquely in the book St Mellion – The Bond Legacy, published last year to mark the 30th anniversary of the Nicklaus course at St Mellion, and still available on Amazon.
It’s been well received by many as the kind of tale and yarn which, like a good wine, grows better as the years go by.

Sharing our enthusiasm and admiration for the achievements of the Bond Brothers

co-authors Paddy Flavin and Michael Taylor

Co-author Michael Taylor has been chatting to members of his local gardening club in his home village of Dobwalls near Liskeard in Cornwall.
He re-called tales of his time as a newspaper journalist in Londonderry/Derry City during the late 1960s and early 1970s and his many years as a journalist in newspapers and with the BBC in the Westcountry and Cornwall until his retirement in 2013.

Michael also mentioned the book – he’d brought a few copies with him. He ended up having to go out to his car and bring in more!

Michael and Paddy are available to share their endless enthusiasm and admiration for what the Bond brothers, Martin and Hermon, achieved at St Mellion with groups, clubs and organisations – chats and question and answer sessions and book readings and signings.
Just get in touch….

Michael Taylor and Paddy Flavin, co-authors.

From The GOLF BUSINESS

The golf course: A history of St Mellion International Resort

by Jenny Yu 15th September 2018

http://www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk/2018/09/the-golf-course-a-history-of-st-mellion-international-resort/

The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at the Cornish club turned 30 this summer. We look back at three decades of a venue that has hosted the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Paul Casey.

St Mellion’s Nicklaus Signature Course in Cornwall

St Mellion’s Nicklaus Signature Course in Cornwall is celebrating 30 years of memorable, spectacular and challenging golf. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus before he won his last Major at The Masters in 1986.

“St Mellion holds a special place in my heart,” he said recently. “It was my first design opportunity in the UK and among all of the golf courses I have designed I would rank it very high as a test of golf, as a design, and looking at the beauty of each individual hole. St Mellion is a strong test of golf, and it gives me a great deal of pride.”

St Mellion’s Nicklaus Signature Course in Cornwall

Best-remembered for hosting the Benson & Hedges International Open for six consecutive years in the early 90s, and in tribute to its status as a 12-time venue for Tour events and other significant golf tournaments, St Mellion will shortly host a series of events to entice both first-timers and long-time fans to play the course in full European Tour setup.

St Mellion’s Nicklaus Signature Course in Cornwall

Anecdotes which highlight The Nicklaus course’s legendary toughness in full Tour mode abound on the European Tour, with pros frequently shooting in the 80s and worse.

“I’m not saying it’s tight, but I walked down the 12th hole sideways,” quipped Zimbabwean Tour pro Tony Johnstone, runner-up to Peter Senior in the Benson & Hedges International Open in 1992. One year a visiting Australian Tour golfer ran out of golf balls during his round, forcing him to retire from the event, and David Feherty famously once hit his tee shot on the 16th from on top of a burger which he’d bought at a nearby concession stand.

And in 1992, on his way to a third-round 86, Jesper Parnevik played the 18th in under a minute, running all the way and finishing by bombing fully-clothed into the lake beside the final green to the delight of the crowd.

St Mellion’s Nicklaus Signature Course in Cornwall

“We’re the only European Tour venue for almost 150 miles, and for 30 years golfers have been making a pilgrimage to take on The Nicklaus Signature Course,” said the resort’s golf manager, David Moon. “Many of golf’s greatest players have tried to tame it, but few have succeeded from the back tees. Our pedigree is enhanced by having some of golf’s true greats such as Ballesteros, Langer and Olazabal on our honours board as former winners.

“In 1988 we held an exhibition match to open The Nicklaus course. Jack Nicklaus himself partnered Tom Watson against Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle, and the Brits won.St Mellion’s Nicklaus Signature Course in Cornwall

“Luckily, Jack Nicklaus designed his course to be playable for all levels, and we have some generous forward tees.”

Martin Bond, Hermon Bond and Jack Nicklaus discuss construction of the Nicklaus Signature Course(From left) Martin Bond, Hermon Bond and Jack Nicklaus discuss construction of the Nicklaus Signature Course.

St Mellion International Resort is the flagship venue of Crown Golf, Britain’s largest owner and operator of golf clubs.

Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Sandy Lyle and Nick Faldo pose by the commemorative stone commissioned by the Bond Brothers, to mark the USA v GB match played in 1988 at the official inauguration of the Nicklaus Signature Course at St MellionTom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Sandy Lyle and Nick Faldo pose by the commemorative stone commissioned by the Bond Brothers, to mark the USA v GB match played in 1988 at the official inauguration of the Nicklaus Signature Course at St Mellion. Nick and Sandy won. Images: Martin and Hermon Bond.

For a deeper insight into how two Cornish farmers, Martin and Hermon Bond, built an internationally-celebrated golf resort, a new book by Michael Taylor and Paddy Flavin, St Mellion – The Bond Legacy is now available on Amazon.

Television Coverage and Interviews

BBC Spotlight



Watch BBC Spotlight at St Mellion Golf Resort on its 30th Anniversary and on the book launch of St Mellion The Bond Legacy by Michael Taylor and Patrick Flavin

ITV News


Watch ITV News at St Mellion Golf Resort on the book launch of St Mellion The Bond Legacy by Michael Taylor and Patrick Flavin

In the Newspapers

From the Independent May 27 2018

“It was one of the West Country’s most extraordinary sporting rises: the humble farm that became host to the world’s leading sports stars. Now a new book tells one of golf’s great tales – and the Indy’s John Collings has been reading it…”
Fields-of-Dreams
“Have you heard the one about two Irishmen, a pig breeder and a potato farmer, and the story of how a dream of professional golf became a professional golfer’s dream?
Unlike many tales from the Emerald Isle, this one has no punch-line; in fact, it is set to go down in folklore as one of the most remarkable business success stories that Cornwall, if not the UK, has ever known.
St Mellion – The Bond Legacy is a new book celebrating the anniversary of the opening of the Jack Nicklaus golf course in the south east corner of the Duchy on Sunday, July 10, 1988.”

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From the Times June 7 2018

“Pigs and Tatties save their bacon..”

Bond sons in the Times

“In 1975 the Bond brothers were running out of money and at one point even had to tell the building contractors to stop work because they didn’t think they would have enough to finance it. But it was the long hot summer drought of 1976 that saved them….”

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From the Western Morning News

Aversion to golf is no handicap

co-authors Paddy Flavin and Michael Taylor
“Well, what do you think of that boy?” Hermon Bond, asked as he unrolled a plan for a golf course in front of South East Cornwall MP Robert Hicks. The politician was holding his weekly constituency surgery in Callington one February Saturday, when Hermon and his brother Martin – both local farmers – strolled in and unveiled their unexpected, and frankly outlandish, proposition…
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The Name’s Bond… Martin and Hermon Bond

Martin and Hermon Bond with Jack Nicklaus“I think this will work.” With those five words, Martin and Hermon Bond began a journey that would take them from being down-to-earth Cornish farmers to inter nationally-recognised entrepreneurs. In a few years, from the late-1970s to the mid-1980s, they transformed an area of poor farmland in South East Cornwall into a world-renowned golf and leisure resort, hosting major competitions and attracting the biggest names in the sport.

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From Cornwall Today

Celebrating the work of two farming brothers to give Cornwall a world class golf course

cornwall today article