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

pga’s no-dimple experiment harkens to golf ball’s distant past
July 14, 2020

In late June the white-coats in Titleist’s R&D labs thought to produce, for whatever reason, a dimple-less golf ball and ask tour pros to hit the thing. What would it do? How would the pros react? Most GHS guys, and the hickory golf guys, too, know exactly what would happen. And, as the video below shows, it did. The professional […]

golf art – week of July 12, 2020

Original oil by J.F. Kernan By Frank Cantrel Jr. The world of golf art includes many colorful illustrations created by such artists as Norman Rockwell, Charles Dana Gibson, Howard Pyle, JC Leyendecker, and J.F. Kernan.  These paintings were created to be reproduced in magazines and newspapers, as posters, advertisements, and on products such as greeting cards and calendars.   “With illustration […]

usga acquires schickler photo collection
July 13, 2020

GHS member Howard Schickler’s passion for photography was featured in GCS Bulletin No. 209 (December 2016). Long fascinated with the history and wonder these photos portray, Schickler scoured auction sites and bought, sold, and traded with fellow collectors to amass one of the finest troves of golf photography in the world. A story on the sale of this collection – […]

uneven lies – a story of struggle
July 8, 2020

Celebrating Black Golfers – Pete McDaniel Uneven Lies: The Heroic Story of African Americans in Golf, by Pete McDaniel, is the critically acclaimed history of the men and women who struggled (and in many cases, still do) against racism in the game. Not all black golfers accomplished stirring things on the course. Some, like McDaniel, are brilliant writers, others are […]

golf art – week of July 5, 2020

Twilight – Newport CC by Jennipher Satterly By Frank Cantrel Jr. The inaugural U.S. Open championship was played in early October 1895 at the Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I.  Our first national championship was won by Horace Rawlins, two strokes ahead of runner-up Willie Dunn.  An Englishman, Rawlins had emigrated to the America earlier that same year and taken a […]