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.

NEWS ALERTS

  • The 2024 GHS National Convention Packet has been mailed to all GHS members. We’ve attached a PDF of the packet here for your convenience. There’s a lot planned for the 2024 GHS Convention in Pinehurst, so don’t delay securing your spot.
  • Deadline for articles and news for the autumn edition of The Golf is July 29.
  • GHS member and author John Riley has a new book that covers the life and career of legendary Philadelphia amateur Bill Hyndman. Titled A Will to Win, the book already has great reviews, but we’ll post one in the Autumn edition of The Golf. Meanwhile, here’s a video of an interview with Inside Golf host Harry Donahue. Jay Sigel and Gordon Brewer also make an appearance on the video to talk about the book and Hyndman. Riley’s previous golf book was How He Played the Game, about Ed “Porky” Oliver. You can find the book through such online sites as Amazon.

Tom Stewart, right, hosts GHS visitors Scott Staudacher, left, and Ed Ronco, center, to his Old Sport and Gallery shop. The two golfers were in town for the 2017 Mid Pines Hickory Open.

pinehurst shops are troves of golf history

The website magazine First Call paid a visit to two of our favorite Pinehurst shops during the recent U.S. Open. The Old Golf Shop’s owner Bob Hansen took the magazine’s writers on a tour of his remarkable store of vintage golf memorabilia. Over at The Old Sport and Gallery, owner Tom Stewart welcomed the First Call team for a tour of his equally wonderful collection of golf history… all for sale, you understand. These are businesses that cater to both the casual tourist and the savvy golf historian/collector. Click here to see the story.


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.

Book collector and co-founder of the British Golf Collectors Society Philip Truett examines a rare volume from his collection.

the golf collection of philip truett

From the December 2014 edition of The Bulletin we share a feature on the rare book collection of Philip Truett, a resident of Walton-on-the-Hill, England. Truett’s lifelong interest in books has led to an astonishing variety of rare volumes, most published before 1920, his central focus. This feature gives us a little peek at Truett’s amazing collection. We are indebted to the late Dick McDonough for his work in providing photos and background for this feature.
Click here to read the article.


News / Features

golf art – week of July 5, 2020
July 8, 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 […]

open for the ages – a singular match with golf’s greatest players
July 7, 2020

“What if…” is brought to you by the latest in film editing technologies and the creative minds of golf’s innovative thinkers and authorities. It is one thing to wonder how Jack Nicklaus might have fared against Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods in the Open Championship and, indeed, many have been the 19th hole discussions on this sort of thing; but […]

usga adds classic golf comics to collection
July 2, 2020

Among all the great volumes from the best golf writers of lore comes a new collection for the mighty United States Golf Association – a collection of 500 of the world’s best comic books, with golf themes of course. The donation comes from GHS member Charlie Havisa and his wife, Sara, of Union City, Ind. Click here to see an […]

Golf art – week of July 1, 2020
July 1, 2020

By Frank Cantrel Jr. It began with Francis Ouimet at the 1913 U.S. Open — here’s how it’s described at the World Golf Hall of Fame: They were the shots heard ’round the world, and they, too, started a revolution. At the 1913 U.S. Open at The Country Club, Francis Ouimet, a 20-year-old former caddie, didn’t just beat British legends […]

‘Remote’ NHC had players on 24 courses

June 26, 2020As the coronavirus prevented its customary June gathering in Ohio, the National Hickory Championship came up with its own solution. Host Pete Georgiady allowed contestants to “play in place,” as it were, using their own local courses, with McIntyre gutty balls, and to a length that as much as possible matched that of the original Oakhurst Links, the […]