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

A first for the NCAA
June 26, 2020

Celebrating Black Golfers – LaRee Pearl Sugg LaRee Pearl Sugg, now an associate athletic director for the University of Richmond, created quite a stir for her UCLA Bruin golf team in 1991. Down by six shots on the 17th hole of their NCAA Championship match with San Jose State Univ. at Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course, Sugg rallied her teammates, […]

Chasing a legend

Victory on top of victory. They just kept coming. Sam Snead, he of the “oily” swing and prodigious physical talents, was a fearsome competitor and one of golf’s American Triumverate, along with Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson (all born in 1912). Bill Fields, one of the great sports journalists, who just happens to have a GHS membership on his CV, […]

Renee Powell receives ASGCA Donald Ross Award
June 19, 2020

Renee Powell, the second Black woman to play on the LPGA Tour and longtime ambassador for the game around the world, has been chosen as the 2020 recipient of the ASGCA Donald Ross Award.  Presented annually since 1976, the award is given to a person of distinction who has made a significant contribution to the game of golf and the […]

Golf art – week of June 14, 2020
June 16, 2020

By Frank Cantrel Jr. Today’s painting inaugurates a new series of weekly postings of golf art — drawings, etchings, paintings, sculpture and other forms of art that are intended to entertain and inspire. This weekly series will include the works of past and present artists that portray important figures in golf’s history as well as landscapes that capture the beauty […]

Queen of golf shattered racist, sexist barriers

CELEBRATING BLACK GOLFERS – Ann Moore Gregory June 15, 2020 – With all that is going on right now, golf can seem a trivial thing. But it is the sport we cherish and its history is our passion. Not all of that history was spotless, however. As the world struggles to cast a light on systemic racism, golf, too, must […]