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

a peek at ultra-private golf courses
January 10, 2022

GHS member John Fischer III often pens a golf history article for SI’s The Morning Read. His latest concerns three private courses built by early movie star Harold Lloyd, business tycoon Walter Annenberg, and successful banker T. Suffern Tailer Sr. What do you do when you have the dough and love to golf? You build your own track, that’s what. […]

virginia golfer magazine profiles dick johns, harold guy, ghs
December 13, 2021

The November/December 2021 issues of Virginia Golfer Magazine, contains a lovely story by Lisa D. Mickey on GHS members Dick Johns and Harold Guy and their contributions to the Golf Heritage Society. Click on the link above to see the magazine. The story appears on page 26.

golf heritage society to exhibit at gcsaa conference and trade show
December 10, 2021

Pittsburgh, Pa. (Dec. 10, 2021) – The Golf Heritage Society (GolfHeritage.org) will have a presence at the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show, to take place Feb. 5-10, 2022, in San Diego. The GHS will be located in booth #2059, where attendees can interact with leaders of the Society to discover all the GHS has to offer.  “We look forward to […]

the lady in black
November 24, 2021

It is a delicious story, one that infuses otherwise staid golf history with a little spice and mystery. It is the story of Gloria Minoprio, a British woman golfer of the early 1930s, who stunned the conservative British golf world by showing up at the 1933 English Ladies Championship wearing, gasp, trousers! This was simply not done. But that was […]

Columbia, Yale reprise historic 1896 golf match
November 5, 2021

In mid-October golf teams from Columbia and Yale universities played a commemorative match at St. Andrews Golf Club in Hastings-on-the-Hudson, N.Y. It was a reprise of the first collegiate golf competition in the U.S., held at the club in November 1896. Yale won the first one. Columbia prevailed in the 2021 version. Columbia golf coach Rich Mueller wrote about the […]