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.

NEWS ALERTS

  • The spring 2024 edition of The Golf has been posted to the Members Only section and is in the mail to members.
  • Deadline for articles and news for the autumn edition of The Golf is July 29.

foursomes are a part of masters history  

This Masters feature comes from historian John Fischer III who looks at the start of the Masters including a foursomes match for all Masters invitees on the Wednesday before the start of the tournament proper. There’s also a bit on gambling at the Masters involving Cliff Roberts and Dwight Eisenhower.
Click here to see the story.

Arnold Palmer, Cliff Roberts, and Dwight Eisenhower in a 1960 AP file photo.

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

golf today interview with dr. bern bernacki
June 7, 2022

Over the past several months Dr. Bern Bernacki, GHS president, has become quite adept at handling the many interviews arranged for him by our our very dedicated media specialist Sally J. Sportsman. Bernacki was recently asked 10 questions by GOlf Today which was published on Monday, June 6. Click here to read the interview.

happy 100 charlie sifford
June 1, 2022

By Jim DavisOne of the world’s most influential golfers was born 100 years ago on June 2. His name would be on the tip of our tongues but for one thing – he happened to be Black at a time when golf’s establishment was solidly, unapologetically, white. Mr. Charles L. Sifford is one golfer whose acquaintance you should definitely make. […]

ghs latrobe heritage & hickory classic
May 24, 2022

Golf Heritage Society presents the second annual GHS Latrobe Heritage & Hickory Classic  Honoring the Legacy of Arnold Palmer For Immediate Release Media Contact:Sally J. Sportsman407-227-4706sjsport@earthlink.net  Pittsburgh, Pa. (May 13, 2022) – The Golf Heritage Society will again host a golf tournament at Arnold Palmer’s Latrobe Country Club, where he learned to play the game of golf from his father, Milford […]

pga historian emeritus on the pga championship and the GHS
May 23, 2022

Bob Denney, Historian Emeritus for the PGA of America, was recently interviewed by radio host Ray Adams on his show, Great American Golf. The May 21 interview is presented here. Denney, as always, is a wonderfully informative guest with insights and observations from his many years with the PGA. He’s also quite keen on the GHS as this interview makes […]

ghs member jill strite honored with lpga’s marilynn smith award
April 24, 2022

“Being selected by my LPGA peers and earning the Marilynn Smith Service Award is beyond humbling.  I’ve been in awe of the Founders, especially Marilynn, my entire golf career which is why this honor is certainly one of my greatest accomplishments.  I may never reach the heights of Marilynn, but I will strive every day to live by her example […]