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

Moments that Matter – new series from the World Golf Hall of Fame
June 12, 2020

The World Golf Hall of Fame is featuring a 10-part series on YouTube that highlights some of golf’s most exciting stories. Called “Moments that Matter,” the series debuted June 10 with an episode titled “Miracle at Merion.” June 10 just happens to be the 70th anniversary of the great man’s legendary 1-iron shot at the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion […]

Southern Hills CC prepares display of club’s heritage

Many dozens of golf clubs in the U.S. have a rich and storied history and more than a few have dedicated historians/archivists, like the GHS’ own John Capers III at Merion. Southern Hills CC in Tulsa, Okla., is the latest to prepare a new display that chronicles and celebrates the club’s history. An article by Joe Barks in, describes […]

GHS featured in Ohio golf journal
June 10, 2020

The GHS has been featured in the Ohio Golf Journal’s June edition. Word is spreading about the Society and its welcome to golf enthusiasts of all stripes, from historians to hickory players, collectors, researchers, authors and more. This issue also contains a lovely feature on golf Hall of Famer and GHS member Renee Powell. Click here to check out the […]

Golf Heritage Society announces special membership fee
June 9, 2020

LEBANON, Ohio (June 9, 2020) – The nonprofit Golf Heritage Society (GHS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and has just announced a membership fee of $25 for the remainder of 2020. With this special mid-year offer, the GHS ( continues to welcome new members from throughout the U.S. and around the world. “It is our pleasure to announce this special […]

Memorial round honors past NHC players
June 5, 2020

June 5, 2020By Jim Davis Gordon Beggs Jr. is a retired law professor (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University) who makes his home in Tuscon, Ariz. A member of both the GHS and the Society of Hickory Golfers, he has been a long-time player and supporter of the National Hickory Championship (since 2008, seven tournaments). Though slowed in recent […]