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.


  • The spring 2024 edition of The Golf has been posted to the Members Only section and is in the mail to members.
  • Deadline for articles and news for the summer edition of The Golf is May 6.

foursomes are a part of masters history  

This Masters feature comes from historian John Fischer III who looks at the start of the Masters including a foursomes match for all Masters invitees on the Wednesday before the start of the tournament proper. There’s also a bit on gambling at the Masters involving Cliff Roberts and Dwight Eisenhower.
Click here to see the story.

Arnold Palmer, Cliff Roberts, and Dwight Eisenhower in a 1960 AP file photo.

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

lpga announces renee powell grants
July 29, 2020

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 27, 2020 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation announced yesterday the first five recipients of the Renee Powell Grant. The grant program honors Renee Powell’s lifelong commitment to golf and will help assist current and prospective LPGA*USGA Girls Golf sites create partnerships and outreach opportunities with youth organizations serving Black girls. Click here to […]

great American golf radio interview with ghs pres bernacki – July 25, 2020
July 28, 2020

He continues to rack ’em up. GHS President Bern Bernacki, thanks to the PR efforts of Sally Sportsman, has been a steady presence on radio shows and podcasts. Turns out golf radio hosts are happy to hear about some good, refreshing news for a change. How about that? And Bern is happy to comply. His latest effort, although there is […]

green repair from the top 100
July 25, 2020

Collecting! It’s what we love to do and golf provides so much from which to select. Comes a story by Andy Lack on Golf that documents one fellow’s very cool choice of souvenirs/memories from all the top courses he’s played – yes, Augusta National, Pine Valley, and Cypress Point among them. Here is one guy, we think, who knows […]

golf art – week of july 19
July 21, 2020

H. H. Hilton 1900 1901 – by John Cassidy By Frank Cantrel Jr. Harold Hilton (1869-1942) was an early English golf star who won the British Open twice, the British Amateur four times and the U.S. Amateur.  When he won The Open Championship at Muirfield in 1892, he became only the second amateur to do so.  He won it again in 1897 at […]

ghs announces cancellation of 2020 annual general meeting

On July 22, the GHS Board and Directors announced the cancellation of the 2020 meeting out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here to read the official notice from the board and executive director announcing the cancellation. The meeting has been re-scheduled for the same time period and location in 2021.