lexington convention finishes win, place, and show for good times

All good fun at the 52nd GHS National Convention. The Society’s ever-energetic executive ambassador John Rusbosin holds the sign. From left are Jim Davis, Stuart Bendelow, John, and John Capers III.

The 52nd annual GHS National Convention just wrapped up in Lexington, Ky. From the very first presentation with our USGA friends to much more from club and collecting experts, authors and former PGA caddies, the convention did not disappoint. The special presentation at the Lexington Country Club was a rare treat, too. If you were there, you know what we’re talking about. If you couldn’t make it, look on the GHS National Convention page for a summary of the event. We’ll have more in the upcoming winter edition of The Golf. Meanwhile, we’re already looking forward to October 2024 for the next big powwow in Pinehurst, N.C.


  • 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.
  • MULLIGAN! In the current edition, Autumn 2023, of The Golf there is an error in the price of a book mentioned in Reading the Greens. The Golf Courses of Seth Raynor, published by www.back9press, is $89.99 and NOT $35 as reported.
  • Distance and golf equipment, particularly golf balls were discussed more than once at the Open Championship. “Something must be done,” cry the golfing traditionalists. In a recent post, historian Pete Trenham reminds us that this topic has been stewing for more than 100 years. Click here for his look into this ever-current topic.
  • Always new podcasts and interviews with GHS VIPs on the Media page of this website. George Petro and British golf historian Dr. Blyth Bell, on Royal Liverpool Golf Club, host to this year’s Open Championship. Recorded July 10 on The Golf Show 2.0. Click here for the latest.

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 […]