The ghs welcomes you!

We love all things golf:
Playing, Collecting, Preserving history
We are a family and you are invited.

For over 50 years our members have relished the thrill of the hunt, be it discovering and documenting an obscure bit of golf lore, tracking down an ancient artifact, obtaining a favorite player’s signature, or displaying our admission ticket to the Masters. There is joy and pride in “Holding History in Our Hands.”

Our members include collectors, authors, course architects and superintendents, and anyone interested in the game and its history. Seasoned collectors and writers network with other members, share their knowledge and frequently surface as recognized experts in their field. With the help of mentors and Society resources, finding your personal niche amongst untold options can be part of a wonderful journey. Fellow travelers within the GHS will appreciate your discoveries and encourage your pursuits.

Members Attend Regional Events

The GHS is divided into 10 Geographic regions (including International) each led by a director who serves on the board. Those frequent events are opportunities for local get-togethers in addition to the Nationals. 

Recent visits to world renowned sites not otherwise accessible to the public include:
• Luncheon and a full tour of the Merion GC Clubhouse and Archives (left)- Next Visit 3-23-24
*18 holes of golf and reception at Arnold Palmer’s own Latrobe Country Club (right)
• Other recurring venues include Oakmont CC, Columbia CC, and Belleview CC

GHS members enjoy a golf trade show with all the socializing and great treasure hunting they love about such gatherings.


  • GHS Members – You are invited to visit Merion Golf Club on March 23. Your host is the one and only John Capers III. The occasion is a Golf Heritage Society Spring Trade Fair, and it will include a guided tour of the historic Merion archives. Click here for more information.
  • Don’t miss the big Columbus Winter Trade Show in Dublin, Ohio; scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17. Click here for information.
  • Deadline for articles and news for the Spring edition of The Golf is Feb. 19.
  • Congratulations to Kirk Watson, the 2023 GHS National golf champion, who won the men’s hickory division at the Gay Brewer Picadome Golf Course in Lexington.

ghs classics from the Archives

The GHS quarterly journal, The Golf, and its long-lived predecessor, The Bulletin, had features that were – are – just plain fun to read. Below we are pleased to offer a “classic” from the past, a look at the collection of one of the Society’s long-time members.

From the collection of Tom Steinhardt; a signed photograph of Ben Hogan at the 1953 Open Championship at Carnoustie.

the golf collection of tom Reinhardt

From the March 2015 edition of The Bulletin we share a feature on the collection of Tom Steinhardt, a Baltimore resident who is a long-time member of the GHS. Steinhardt has assembled a remarkable collection of memorabilia, photos, autographs, and letters from such golfers as Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, John McDermott, and Babe Zaharias. He finds the history fascinating, brought to life by these personal glimpses into the legendary golfers. This feature gives us a little peek at Tom’s amazing collection. As we share these collection profiles, keep in mind that golf collecting is a fluid hobby and that collections change over the years as items are bought, sold and change hands. The collection you see here is a snapshot in time from March 2015.
Click here to read the article.

News / Features

ghs welcomes new board member
May 3, 2021

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (April 29, 2021) – The Golf Heritage Society ( announced the appointment of Glenn Haueisen to its Board of Directors. Haueisen will serve as the Director of Region 4, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. “It is with pleasure that we announce the addition of Glenn Haueisen to our Board of Directors,” said Dr. Bern Bernacki, president of the […]

craig wood – ’41 Masters champ featured on talkingolf podcast
April 23, 2021

Guest George Petro joined Warren Rogan and host Connor Lewis on the TalkinGolf podcast for a discussion of golf’s “Blonde Bomber,” Craig Wood. Petro and Lewis are GHS board members. The podcast, No. 65 of Lewis’ TalkinGolf series, was a collaboration with Rogan and his Sports’ Forgotten Heroes podcast series. It aired on March 21, 2021, just before the 2021 […]

u.s. open at columbia CC

golf art –celebrating the 1921 U.S. Open 1921 U.S. OPEN AT COLUMBIA COUNTRY CLUB, CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND – by Robert Fletcher By Frank Cantrel Jr. James “Long Jim” Barnes won our national championship in 1921 at Columbia Country Club by nine strokes, the largest margin in the 20th century until Tiger Woods’ 15-stroke margin at Pebble Beach in 2000.  Walter Hagen and host professional Fred […]

ghs member profiles
April 8, 2021

Bill Fields “GHS members appreciate the path to the present.”– Bill Fields April 2021By Sally J. Sportsman By virtue of his distinguished career as a golf writer, Bill Fields has met and written about many of the game’s greats, including Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen and Arnold Palmer. Fields’s small-town upbringing in North Carolina was a springboard to his opportunity to […]

dick mcdonough, author of ‘Great Golf Collections’ 1942-2021
April 3, 2021

Richard McDonough, (GHS member No. 01611) passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Please click here to visit his obituary. To this we might add, from his GHS family, how much we appreciated his many contributions and articles on subjects close to his heart, from early magazine illustrations to original drawings, and dutch tiles and early paintings that portray kolf, or […]