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

payne stewart memorabilia breaks record at auction
March 23, 2021

He was an original – a U.S. Open champion, a trend setter, and a student of golf history to boot. Items from Payne Stewart’s collection of golf memorabilia drew a record-breaking number of bids according to The Golf Auction, which handled the sale. Click here to read the story on The Golf Wire business news website. The image of Stewart […]

onion creek raffle donors put dent in homlessness
March 11, 2021

March 11, 2021Austin, Texas Pete League, GHS member and former board member, and organizer of the Onion Creek Hickory Classic, reports that a generous supporter of hickory golf and the OCHC has donated a new set of Louisville Golf Precision model hickory shaft irons (mid-iron through niblick, a $1050 retail value), to be raffled off, with all proceeds to be turned over to Mobile […]

‘road war papers’ honored with usga’s herbert warren wind award
March 8, 2021

From the USGA website news page – Roger McStravick’s book, St Andrews: The Road War Papers, has been named the recipient of the USGA’s 2020 Herbert Warren Wind Award.  Established in 1987 and named for the famed 20th-century American golf writer, the Herbert Warren Wind Award is presented by the USGA Golf Museum & Library in recognition of outstanding contributions to […]

ghs member profiles
March 3, 2021

Craig Schreiner “I met a landscape architect who worked for the contractor as well, and since I loved the golf environment completely, it inspired me to get a degree in landscape architecture.”– Craig Schreiner March 2021By Sally J. Sportsman Golf course architecture has a special allure. Sketching imaginary holes on paper napkins is a common indulgence among amateur players everywhere. […]

ghs, mel lucas jr get nod in course superintendents trade magazine

Mel Lucas Jr. and the GHS were given a little attention in the March edition of Golf Course Management Magazine, the journal of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Lucas, who was the fourth president of the Golf Collectors Society, also served as president of GCSAA in 1980. He is the only person to have served that role in […]