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

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 […]

Golfing mecca of a silent screen comic
June 29, 2020

Random Golf Notes – By John W. Fischer III (2017) A while back I saw Harold Lloyd’s World of Comedy on Turner Classic Movies, a movie composed of excerpts from Harold Lloyd’s silent movies. I enjoyed the movie – it was very funny, physical humor but not slapstick -– and in doing a little research on Lloyd afterwards discovered he was one […]