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

New youth tournament invites champs from all 50 states
May 30, 2020

Ari Flaisher is known to many hickory golfers as a solid player from the Philadelphia area. He has hosted and played in several events. These days he has more on his mind than mashies and niblicks. Flaisher has organized a new event titled “We Are The 50,” which plans to invite youth golf champions 15 and younger to compete in […]

Otto Hackbarth
May 11, 2020

A Random Golf Footnote fromJohn W. Fischer III (Editor’s note: GHS member John Fischer III is an accomplished golf writer whose occasional ‘Random Golf Footnotes’ are sent to an established mail list of golf history enthusiasts. He is a long-time member of the Cincinnati Country Club where Otto Hackbarth was the golf professional for many decades. Mr. Fischer is also […]

Cold medicine
May 5, 2020

Editor’s note: Though the following was written in January 2017, it seems appropriate to again share at this time as most of us are still shut up at home. MacDuff is an occasional contributor to GHS pages and we thought his take on the promises of bright new golfing technologies worthy of revisiting. Most of us receive or have read […]

Ted Smith’s putters still are classic collectibles
May 1, 2020

This story appeared in the December 2015 issue of The Bulletin of the Golf Heritage Society. By Pete Ted Smith was born in Philadelphia 1906, the son of immigrant parents who had come to the United States from Hungary and Americanized their name to Smith. His family moved to Chicago and at the age of 12 he requested clubs […]

Ben Hogan – a portrait from 1970
April 30, 2020

Golf’s “Wee Mon” was an enigma to many, but nowhere more so than on a golf course where he was often portrayed as cold and calculating. This September 1970 story by Nick Seitz for Golf Digest shows another side. The paragraph below is from the introduction to the article which appeared in on March 26, 2020. Click here to […]