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.


  • 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

‘swing time’ receives bgcs murdoch medal
July 19, 2022

The winner of the 2022 British Golf Collectors Society Murdoch Medal was announced at The Open in St Andrews. BGCS Captain Bob Chadwick said, “I am delighted to announce that Swing Time: A Celebration of Golf and Music, 1870 to 1939 by Rand Jerris and Peter Lewis has won this year’s Murdoch Medal.  The book that celebrates the popularity of the game and how it […]

disabilities take back seat to golf…waay back

Golf has long been thought to have remarkable transformative benefits for those who are open to the game, who play it with sincerity and focus. Participants in the U.S. Adaptive Open at the Pinehurst Resort this July 18-20, are proving just how far the game can open minds and attitudes about disabilities. Dr. Bern Bernacki, GHS president, was quoted in […]

honoring the king’s legacy: the arnold palmer cup
July 13, 2022

The GHS hosted a golf tournament at Arnold Palmer’s Latrobe Country Club on Monday, June 27 as well as a story-filled reception afterwards. The theme of the outing was Honoring the Legacy of Arnold Palmer.  The Palmer Spirit was alive in Latrobe. The following weekend, Arnie’s presence was felt just as profoundly in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Golf Club de […]

playing the old course
July 7, 2022

a firsthand account by john fischer jr. The Open Championship celebrates its 150th playing this year, happily on the Old Course at St Andrews. The following account of playing the Old Course is courtesy of John Fischer III who writes: I thought the attached article my dad wrote after he returned from the 1934 Walker Cup at St. Andrews with […]

arnie spirit fills the air at ghs latrobe outing
July 4, 2022

John Rusbosin reports on the June 27 gathering for golf and friendship at Latrobe CC. The Palmer Spirit was alive in Latrobe this past June 27. Honoring the legacy of Arnie and golf was in the air. Dozens of GHS members, new and veterans, gathered for a great day of fun and golf. Here are some highlights. The cameras were […]