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

southern pines restoration uncovers “lost” hole
June 30, 2021

Work goes on to complete a restoration of the Southern Pines Golf Course in Southern Pines, N.C. The Donald Ross layout was acquired by the Pine Needles resort and has the loving attention of its owners to bring the layout back to Ross’ intentions. The work has revealed a “lost” par 3 hole, thanks to close examinations of Ross’ blueprints. […]

r&a opens newly renamed golf museum
June 23, 2021

Welcome news for golf history fans. The R&A has re-opened the newly christened R&A World Golf Museum, formerly the British Golf Museum. The facility is across the street from the R&A clubhouse in St Andrews. The Club has taken full advantage of the Covid lockdown to extensively renovate and update displays, add new ones and update the upstairs coffee shop. […]

videos promote ghs national convention
June 22, 2021

Randy Tantlinger, president of Victory Sports Entertainment, ( has produced two short YouTube videos with Dr. Bern Bernacki that promote the Society’s National Convention this fall. Excitement is building as planning continues for a truly remarkable gathering. The dates are Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 at the DoubleTree Inn-Monroeville, Pa. Check the Events listings on this website.Click here to view […]

rocco and tiger at torrey pines
June 16, 2021

The U.S. Open comes to Torrey Pines this year, scene of a thrilling finish in 2008 when Rocco Mediate, a journeyman pro, battlied golf phenom and superstar Tiger Woods to a tie and thrilling playoff. Click here to view a story posted on Kingdom Magazine about the tournament and Mediate’s friendship with Arnold Palmer.

June 16, 2021 – 200th birthday of Old Tom Morris
June 15, 2021

By Jim Davis Most of us know of Tom Morris and his son and golfing prodigy, Tommy. Tom is considered as golf’s Grand Old Man for so many reasons, not the least of which was his genuine love of the game, and for the Old Course at St. Andrews which he looked after as Keeper of the Green for 39 […]